Funding for Oklahoma Spaceport Questioned

Oklahoma

Unlike its brethren in California, New Mexico and Sweden, the Oklahoma Spaceport has been keeping a low profile. So low, in fact, that the last update on its website’s News page is dated June 1, 2007 – nearly two years ago.

With its major tenant, Rocketplane Global, struggling to find financing for its suborbital spacecraft, things have been quiet. Far too quiet for at least one member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, NewsOK reports:

[Rep. Mike] Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, called the Oklahoma Spaceport near Burns Flat a “pie in the sky” venture. However, Rep. Ryan McMullen, D-Burns Flat, said research is going on at the facility.

It’s operated by the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority, which is scheduled to receive about $493,000 in the 2010 fiscal year, or 7 percent less than this year.

We’ll have to see if anything changes. If Rocketplane can obtain funding for its project, then activity should begin to pick up.