Spaceport America

Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world.  The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, boasts 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot spaceway, and 340+ days of sunshine and low humidity.  Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, UP Aerospace and EXOS.  Visit http://spaceportamerica.com and http://gatewaytospace.com for more information.


The 2nd Annual Spaceport America Drone Summit, September 22-24, 2017 will welcome drone pilots, speakers, vendors and spectators to three action-packed days of drone racing, drone workshops, fixed-wing demonstrations, drone cinematography and more.  Sanctioned by the AMA – Academy of Model Aeronautics and supported by the New Mexico Filmmakers Give Back, the Spaceport America Drone Summit, will be a can’t-miss event for drone enthusiasts and spectators alike.

The Spaceport America Drone Summit will bring the exciting opportunity to race at the Spaceport America north campus, learn from experts in the drone industry during the workshops at the Spaceport Operations Center, and put your aerial cinematography skills during the Cinematography Challenge. If you are not a drone pilot, don’t worry there will be much for you to see and do such as the R/C Fixed Wing Demos, drone racing and stop by the sponsors, vendor, and exhibitors booths all happening at the Gateway to Space Village.

Spaceport America Aerospace Operations Crew

Vince Barron, Airfield Operations Manager

Spaceport America Operations Crew

Chris Lopez, Director of Operations

Academy of Model Aeronautics

Jim Tiller, AMA District IX VP and Tony Stillman, AMA Flying Site Assistance Coordinator/Competitions-Technical Director – AMA Race Directors

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Mike Chambliss, Luke T. Davis, Allen Hrynick, Carly Reese – Cinematography Directors


Academy of Model Aeronautics 

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The Academy of Model Aeronautics, founded in 1936, continues to be devoted to national airspace safety. It serves as the nation’s collective voice for approximately 190,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, AMA is a membership organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreation and educational purposes. For more information, visit www.modelaircraft.org.


New Mexico Film Makers Give Back


New Mexico Filmmakers Give Back (NMFGB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to acknowledging the faith the citizens of New Mexico have in our state film programs – which provide sustainable, long-term, well paying jobs and benefits for New Mexicans. NMFGB strives to give back by supporting community building events and organizations throughout state.



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