New Mexico Congress delegation wants ‘space agency’ in state

March 21, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s congressional delegation wants the federal government to set up the planned new space agency in the Land of Enchantment.

All five members of the New Mexico delegation recently wrote a letter to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to argue the new Space Development Agency should be established in the state.

The delegation cited White Sands Missile Range, Spaceport America and the national laboratories as reasons for New Mexico as a good home.

The U.S. Department of Defense is establishing a Space Development Agency that would oversee the military’s space research, development and acquisition efforts.

It would eventually fold into the so-called Space Force — a new, separate branch of the armed forces.