Spaceports, Spaceports Everywhere…and Very Little to Launch

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 Sunset at the "Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space" terminal hangar facility at Spaceport America. (Credit: Bill Gutman/Spaceport America)


Sunset at the “Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space” terminal hangar facility at Spaceport America. (Credit: Bill Gutman/Spaceport America)

The latest spaceport news from around the country:

Sante Fe, N.M. –  The state Board of Finance unanimously approved the New Mexico Spaceport Authority’s (NMSA) plan to seek a $20 million private loan to build Spaceport America visitor centers outside the towns of Hatch and Truth or Consequences. NMSA officials say they will pay the 21-year loan back with revenues from the centers, although some Board of Finance members questioned NMSA’s financial assumptions. The loan is in addition to the $209 million that taxpayers have spent on Spaceport America. [Albuquerque Journal]

Houston — Houston City Council has approved a 3-year consulting contract worth $718,900 to begin work on obtaining an FAA spaceport license for city-run Ellington Airport. The decision followed a presentation on how the airport and city are well suited to host horizontally launched space vehicles. A study found that equipping the airport for space operations would cost between $48 million and $122 million. [Houston Chronicle]

Titusville, Fla. – The Titusville Cocoa (TICO) Airport Authority has begun efforts to obtain an FAA spaceport license for the coastal facility. The move comes after Rocket Crafters agreed to relocate to the airport to develop a point-to-point vehicle. The company is expected to invest $72 million at the airport. [Florida SPACErePORT]

3 Responses to “Spaceports, Spaceports Everywhere…and Very Little to Launch”


  1. 1 Hug Doug

    well, this is strong evidence of how much easier it is to construct buildings than it is to make launch vehicles… very pretty sunset, though.

  2. 2 Brainard

    I am very concerned.

  3. 3 Hug Doug

    about what?

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