FAA Approves Cecil Field for Space Tourism

cecilfield_imgFAA approves Cecil for commercial spaceport
Jacksonville Journal

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved Cecil Field to be used as a commercial spaceport, and the field’s license is pending, Jacksonville International Airport spokesman Michael Stewart said Wednesday.

He showed photos for two vehicles that could take off from the runway and rocket to the edge of earth’s atmosphere – high enough for passengers to see the curvature of the Earth and experience weightlessness. One design was based on a private jet; the other, still in development, would glide back to Earth, he said.

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Editor’s Note: Jacksonville officials have been courting Rocketplane Global, although that company’s vehicle remains largely in the computer with more than $100 million required to get to a test flight. Rocketplane laid off most of its staff earlier this year and moved out of its headquarters in Oklahoma due to financial difficulties.

I’m not sure of the identity of the other company mentioned in the story. Anyone know?