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.