Launch Thursday at Spaceport America

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Spaceport America officials say they have successfully launched the tenth rocket from the southern New Mexico launch site.

The SpaceLoft-6 reached the highest altitude on record for a launch for the spaceport north of Dona Ana County.

A news release issued by the New Mexico Spaceport AuthorityNew Mexico Spaceport Authority said the liftoff of the suborbital rocket took place from Spaceport America around 8:18 a.m.

The rocket reached an altitude of 73 miles or 385,640 feet, accomplishing a new Spaceport America altitude record.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the primary payloads were Department of Defense experiments. Additional payloads were carried for the Federal Aviation Administration, the University of Texas and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News