LCSN: PROFILE: Hayhoe finds Spaceport opportunities

December 31, 2009. Retrieved online: January 4, 2010 from Brook Stockberger, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES — Several years ago, Jim Hayhoe gave a presentation to the Hatch Board of Trustees about how the area could prepare for, and take advantage of, the impending construction of Spaceport America.

“(Trustee) Andy Nuñez walked out from behind the podium and handed me a 60-pound bag of green chile and said, ‘You’re hired,'” Hayhoe said. “I had no idea I was going to get into consulting.”

Fast forward three years and the Las Crucen operates Spaceport America Consultants. After years of working for Westinghouse Electric Corp. and Northrop Grumann Corp. on various programs like international defense electronics, unmanned aerial vehicle sensor initiatives and others, Hayhoe has now found himself in charge of his own company.

“It’s kind of interesting to be a 67-year-old entrepreneur,” he said.

Hayhoe said that turning his back on the spaceport, though, was not an option.

“I’d been in aerospace all my life and I really couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get involved,” he said.

…In the summer of 2009, Spaceport America Consultants also signed a letter of cooperation with New Mexico State University and he will work with the school’s Arrowhead Center…..

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