035 To Infinity and Beyond, with Dale Dekker

This week’s episode highlights a STEM Rockstar who knows New Mexico well.  As a registered architect and planner, he’s been building foundations his entire life as a New Mexico native with a strong interest in economic development and job creation.  Today, Dale Dekker will share his extensive knowledge about the History of Space in New Mexico.  We’ll talk about the New Mexican visionaries who made a difference in space including Dr. Robert Goddard and his advances in Rocketry, the White Sands Missile Range, the Trinity site, populating the Moon, and of course Spaceport America and its newest residents, Virgin Galactic.  We’ll also find out what Dale thinks is next on the horizon and how New Mexico is poised to make a real difference in the future of space travel!


Show Notes

Dale Dekker is a registered architect and planner.  He was the founding partner of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, a 200-person architecture, planning, interiors, engineering design firm with offices in Albuquerque, Amarillo, Las Cruces, and Phoenix.  Dale grew up in Albuquerque and serves on numerous community boards, and is particularly interested in economic development and job creation to help our community grow and thrive.

Dekker Perich Sabatini

Dr. Robert Goddard

White Sands Missile Range

Spaceport America

Air Force Research Laboratory

New Mexico State University raised the potential for New Mexico to create a Spaceport – one of the very first private ventures outside of the domain of government.  Governor Bill Richardson supported this idea and helped to direct the funding of the space along with helping to find and identify Virgin Galactic.  This is allowing New Mexico to be at the forefront of the private space travel industry.

Space Debris

Space Ambassadors Program

The future of architecture includes smart buildings and smart cities, driverless cars, sensors, data sharing, apps, and satellites.


Descartes Lab

Meow Wolf

Electric Playhouse


Book Recommendations:

The Art of War, by Sun Tzu

Homo Deus, a Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari







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