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Aero to the Future

If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”  –Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A Certifiably Sound Business
Sir Richard Branson and Middle Schoolers at Spaceport America, 12/15/2005

25 Years Making Aerospace Count

June 30 marks WSRDs' 24th birthday and the start of our 25th year in business.

-June 30, 2023


Contract with Spaceport America

WSRDs signed a long-term agreement with Spaceport America signifying a new phase in WSRDs' launch capabilities. WSRDs long history with the New Mexico Spaceport Authority predates the construction of the Spaceport. This agreement further enhances that relationship.

-April 19, 2021


Capitol Building, Santa Fe

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that White Sands Research and Developers, LLC will become a Spaceport America Customer. The announcement took place in the Rotunda of the State Capitol Building, where a number of organizations and businesses from around New Mexico were gathered to celebrate "Aerospace Days." CEO Dr. Christina Lohn said of the event, "We see our company as New Mexico's 'Home Team' in the burgeoning commercial spaceflight arena and look forward to some exciting plays ahead."

-January 30, 2020

WSRDs Featured in Alumni Magazine

By Lynn Arthur

WSRDs' work with New Mexico Tech is featured in the Summer 2018 installment of the Alumni Newsletter. The Gold Pan described the many benefits that the collaborative effort brings to the university, the students, and to WSRDs.

-August 7, 2018

SBA Ignite Tour

Meeting with SBA Administrator, Madam Linda McMahon

Dr. Christina Lohn, CEO of White Sands Research and Developers, LLC, was invited to meet Madam Linda McMahon, SBA Administrator in a round-table discussion as part of the SBA Ignite Tour. Madam McMahon was appointed by President Trump and is a member of his cabinet.

-March 12, 2018

Certificate of Recognition, United States Small Business Administration, 2015 Emerging Leaders Program

-September 30, 2015


Certificate of Participation, US Small Business Administration Congratulates White Sands Research and Developers, LLC for successful completion of Section 8(a) Business Development Program.

-May 9, 2015


Spaceport America Crew member Recognition Award for Outstanding Service

-2014 & 2015


Certificate of Recognition for completing training in ISO-9001:2008 and

Certificate of Completion for Internal Auditor Training

-May 10, 2013

John Barela, Cabinet Secretary

New Mexico Economic Development Department

Leadership and Dogged Tenacity in the Service of the Community

​Launching a Program
Aerospace Engineering taking off at NMSU

By Mark Cramer


“The impetus for the program’s initiation began three to four years before I arrived,” said [Dr. Thomas] Burton [Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department Head].  “Paul Jaramillo and Christina Lohn in particular were instrumental in getting the program off the ground.  Despite the presence of White Sands Missile Range, Los Alamos and Sandia Research Labs, there was very little aerospace presence on college campuses in New Mexico,” Burton said.  “Kids wanting to pursue the field had to go out-of-state.”

-New Mexico State University

Spring 2010 Research & Resources Publication


Letter of Commendation:  “Your assistance in the pre-launch flight safety analysis was invaluable, and directly contributed to the success of this event.  As part of the Launch Control Team, and our own Technical Advisory Committee, you also provided much needed guidance and technical advice…  We are extremely fortunate to have you on our team.

-Rick Homans, Director

New Mexico Spaceport Authority,

May 1, 2007

The United States Small Business Administration ("SBA") Certified White Sands Research and Developers, LLC as an 8(a) company.

-May 9, 2006

Small Business Administration

"The High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico Recognizes and Honors Dr. Christina Lohn and Dr. Paul Jaramillo for Outstanding Efforts toward Establishment of NMSU Aerospace Engineering Department, 2003-2004."

-2004 Annual Dinner

High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico ("HTC")


Certificate of Appreciation for …outstanding support of the HTC…

-April 5th 2003, Annual Dinner

High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico ("HTC")

The SBA Certified White Sands Research and Developers, LLC as a Small Disadvantaged Business ("SDB").

-February 3, 2003

Small Business Administration

Export Achievement Certificate, the second company in the State of New Mexico to be presented with such an award.

-September 27, 2002

United States Department of Commerce


Day of Founding - June 30, 1999

White Sands Research and Developers, LLC

We are crazy, driven, hardworking believers.”  -Cadillac Commercial

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