Crist visits Jacksonville to tout spaceport
Financial News & Daily Record
Gov. Charlie Crist visited Jacksonville Wednesday to talk to leaders of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) about the future of a spaceport at Cecil Field after the facility was recently licensed for horizontal launches of spacecraft.
This visit was spurred by JAAâ€™s announcement Tuesday that the four-year process of obtaining a license for Cecil Field Airport to operate as a commercial, horizontal launch spaceport was complete. Cecil Field is the only spaceport of its kind on the East Coast and one of eight in the nation.
â€œItâ€™s a wonderful accomplishment to have the opportunity to get into the commercial space industry and do it right here from the First Coast,â€ said Crist. â€œAnything we can do at the state level to continue to be of assistance in that, we stand at the ready to do exactly that.â€
The next step for JAA is to find an operator for its spaceport. Operators within in the U.S. include Xcor, Rocket Plane Global Inc. and Virgin Galactic. JAA is also looking at operators from overseas.
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