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Rocket fired from new spaceport in N.M.

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — An avionics company based in Orlando, Fla., successfully fired a low-altitude rocket Monday at a new spaceport in New Mexico where the state hopes to launch commercial space tourism flights within two years.

Officials at the New Mexico Spaceport said such tests are important steps, not only toward viable space travel but also to demonstrate the site's uses for other commercial space development.

Moog Industries fired the rocket after a roughly 90-minute delay brought on by a glitch in a GPS antenna that had to be replaced.