From left, James Bennett (IDI), Guy Rouelle (Dubois & King), Chris Sargent (Dubois & King) and Dale Amon (IDI). Courtesy photo
LAS CRUCES — Immortal Data Incorporated (IDI) has recently partnered with the engineering consulting firm Dubois & King as subcontractors to aid in the Master Plan Update for the Las Cruces International Airport. This plan seeks to examine the potential for additional commercial space activity in the Las Cruces area of New Mexico, which is already a key area for new space exploration.
Las Cruces is an ideal stage for commercial space activities, and is home to multiple private spaceflight companies. Joining names like Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic in the region, Las Cruces is poised to become the national hub for commercial space. Two of the three most recent private human-crewed launches took place within a two hour drive of Las Cruces.
Immortal Data plans to launch a prototype data acquisition and handling system from Spaceport America through an Up Aerospace rocket in early 2022.
“Las Cruces is a crossroads of the region and continent, and now those crossroads include the road to space,” Airport Administrator Andy Hume said. “I am extremely pleased that we have launched an update to the LRU Master Plan. This project is led by the highly respected firm of Dubois & King with the local Las Cruces based firm Immortal Data Inc. as subcontractors on the commercial space side. Immortal Data, represented by their Principal Investigator Mr. James C. Bennett, will provide a wealth of experience and knowledge in commercial space.”
Guy Dubois, Director of Aviation at Dubois & King said, “As our team initiated work on a new FAA Master Plan Update contract for the City of Las Cruces, we have brought on Immortal Data as a subcontractor to contribute in the area of examining Las Cruces’ potential to increase its already-competitive position as a hub for the New Space industry. IDI and its Principal Investigator for this project Mr. James C. Bennett has broad and deep experience in commercial space and we feel that their presence on the team will add significantly to the value of this work.”
Bennett is a four-decade veteran of the commercial space industry with extensive experience in working from both the spaceport operator and spaceport user point of view.
“I see great potential for Las Cruces in the commercial space arena,” Bennett said. “We ourselves were originally based in Mojave, Calif., before we chose Las Cruces as a relocation target, so we understand the considerations that go into a commercial space company’s relocation decision.”
As key players in New Space, Immortal Data’s team is well-equipped to handle the responsibility. Their corporate roots extend as far as the mid-nineties, through ventures with some of the same team members. Immortal Data was a major subcontractor for the data systems for the XCOR Lynx Spaceplane and has been a consultant for Excalibur-Almaz, Exos Aerospace and others for the previous decade.
Bennett also noted that IDI will be starting off a Regulation CF crowdfunding stock sale in the very near future through NetCapital.com, and encouraged all interested parties to take a look at the site.