Spaceport License Still Pending in Midland

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry flanked by XCOR officials in front of a full-scale mockup of the Lynx space plane in Midland. (Credit: Gov. Rick Perry's Office)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry flanked by XCOR officials in front of a full-scale mockup of the Lynx space plane in Midland. (Credit: Gov. Rick Perry’s Office)

Mywesttexas.com has an update on Midland’s application for a spaceport license:

It has been almost a year since Midland International Airport staff started the process to obtain a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration, and the license is still out of reach.

“We knew that it was going to be a long-term task to get this license application done,” said Marv Esterly, the city’s director of airports. “There’s a lot of hoops you have to jump through with the Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) in Washington.”

As Midland International Airport is the first airport of its size — a “Part 139 airport” — to apply for a spaceport license, Esterly said everyone in the application process is being “apprehensive.” He said the process, if the license is given, will act as a precedent for future airports that also apply.

Even though the licensed has not been granted, the process is 98 percent complete, Esterly said. The remaining component the AST has yet to pass is the environmental assessment….

The first XCOR launch in Midland is now estimated for Spring 2014, Esterly said.

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