Oklahoma Pins Hopes for Spaceport Revival on UAV Site Selection

Burned by a tax credit for Rocketplane Global that produced little, Oklahoma is reluctant to pony up the big bucks needed to attract leading companies such as Virgin Galactic and XCOR to its spaceport at Burns Flat. This has led to efforts to kill off the state’s space agency.

However, an FAA plan to name six sites for the testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has renewed hopes for the spaceport. If Burns Flat is selected, it would become a hub for the construction, testing and maintenance of UAVs, which is a fast-growing sector of the aerospace industry with broad civilian and military uses.