FAA Limits Evaluation of Spaceport Infrastructure Funding Options

U.S. commercial launch sites that are licensed to host or have hosted since 2015, a commercial space launch, as of August 2020 (Credit: GAO)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has rejected a recommendation from a government watchdog that it conduct detailed analysis of a broad range of financing tools for funding infrastructure projects at the nation’s spaceports.

In a report to Congressional committees, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said it recommended to the FAA that it analyze the trade-offs of using direct loans, loan guarantees, tax incentives and other tools to increase investment in spaceport infrastructure.

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Hanley Wood|Meyers Research Acquires Bird.i

COSTA MESA, Calif. April 6, 2020 (Hanley Wood  | Meyers Research PR) — Hanley Wood | Meyers Research, the housing industry’s foremost advisors and provider of rich data, today announced it acquired Bird.i, a Scotland-based company that combines the latest satellite imagery and artificial intelligence (AI) technology to provide valuable land and building insights.

Bird.i’s imagery processing technology shows how things are changing on the ground, allowing for more timely, better informed decision-making throughout the building process, providing a competitive advantage for users.

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Mojave Spaceport Receives $8 Million Grant to Renovate Taxiway

Mojave Air and Space Port. (Credit: Mojave Air and Space Port)

WASHINGTON, DC (Kevin McCarthy PR) — Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced that the Department of Transportation approved an $8 million grant for the Mojave Air and Space Port through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Last year, McCarthy sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration in support of Mojave’s grant application. 

“From Stratolaunch to Virgin Orbit, Mojave Air and Space Port is leading the way in civilian aeronautics and commercial spaceflight,” said McCarthy. “But in order to continue to take the next steps towards even greater innovation in the industry, it is vital that Mojave Air and Space Port’s infrastructure is revitalized.

“This AIP grant will help make much needed repairs to existing infrastructure issues – like pavement cracks – to enhance airport safety. I thank Secretary Chao, the Department of Transportation, and the Federal Aviation Administration for recognizing the importance of this project. This grant will undoubtedly help ensure the longevity of this facility for years to come.”

Background

  • The renovation of Taxiway C includes an area 7,200 ft. long and 60 ft. wide. 
  • The project will include an analysis of the airfield electrical system.