Cecil Field Gets Spaceport License, Now Needs Spaceships


Florida airport gets commercial spaceport license

The sky’s no longer the limit for Cecil Field airport in Jacksonville, Florida.

The airport was awarded a federal license on Monday to fly commercial space vehicles being designed to ferry tourists, researchers and others beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority, which worked to get its commercial spaceport licensing for four years, plans to offer Cecil Field’s 12,500-foot (3,810 meter) long, 200-foot (61 meter) wide runway — one of the biggest in Florida — to a range of commercial space operators including Virgin Galactic.

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