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Spaceports, Spaceports, Everywhere a Spaceport (But Very Little to Launch)

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Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

For a country that had a mere 13 orbital launches last year and a handful of suborbital ones, the United States certainly has an embarrassments of riches in terms of places from which to launch.

The nation has 18 launch sites and spaceports in eight states and one foreign country (Marshall Islands). That doesn’t include Sea Launch, a company that launches from an ocean platform in international waters using a U.S. based platform. And if that wasn’t already enough, there are 10 more proposed facilities that are under consideration or being actively pursued by different entities.

So, whenever companies can actually start increasing the rates for orbital and suborbital flights, the country’s ready to accommodate it.  In the meantime, we’ve got a lot of underutilized infrastructure.

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Cecil Airport Looks to Triple Workforce

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Cecil Field in Jacksonville.

The Daily Record of Jacksonville has an interesting story about Cecil Airport, the former military base that has become a thriving commercial airport and future spaceport.  The facility is anticipating rapid growth and has the cash to attract new companies.

Cecil Airport currently has 3,000 people working within its boundaries, but Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Steve Grossman said he expects that to grow to 8,000-9,000 in the next 10 years.

Within five years, he expects more than 5,000 people will be working among the civil, defense and aviation companies on the Westside property. That includes companies and facilities he expects will be created or relocated.

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Closer Look: XCOR’s Florida Deal Worth More than $5.7 Million

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XCOR’s Lynx suborbital vehicle

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

Various Florida agencies put up more than $5.7 million in “incentive value and financing” to help lure XCOR to set up a production facility and operational base for its Lynx space plane in the Sunshine State, according to the head of the state’s space development organization.

The funding and incentives are being put up by Space Florida, Brevard Workforce, Enterprise Florida Inc., and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, according to a presentation by Space Florida President Frank DiBello during the announcement of the deal last month.

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XCOR to Establish Operational Base, Manufacturing Facility on Florida Space Coast

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Kennedy Space Center, FL and Mojave, CA, August 23, 2012 (XCOR PR) – Today, XCOR Aerospace announced its intent to establish an East Coast U.S. operational base in Florida and as market demand dictates, establish a manufacturing and assembly center for XCOR Lynx Mark II suborbital reusable launch vehicles as well.

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Space Florida Gets Stable Budget, Infrastructure Funding and Tax Credits

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Tallahassee, FL (Space Florida PR) – Aerospace-related economic development remained a top priority for the State lawmakers during the 2012 Legislative Session, with Space Florida’s current $10 million budget remaining stable through the upcoming fiscal year. As part of this commitment, a first-time award of $4 million in recurring funds was also approved for the organization.

In addition to Space Florida’s budget, several critical, aerospace-related bills were passed that will result in significant benefits to Florida’s aerospace industry, including:

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JAA Assesses Horizontal Rocket Flights From Cecil Field Spaceport

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Cecil Field in Jacksonville, recently designated a commercial spaceport.

JAA PR (January 25, 2012) — The Jacksonville Aviation Authority Board of Directors has accepted a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to conduct an Environmental Assessment, which will examine the environmental impacts and investigate the feasibility of the operation of a Concept ‘Y’ Horizontal Launch – Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) at Cecil Spaceport.

While Concept ‘X’ and Concept ‘Z’ Vehicles take-off using the typical turbojet engines to reach a predetermined location and altitude before igniting a rocket engine, Concept ‘Y’ Vehicles are powered by a rocket engine for the entire span of their operation.

In January 2010, after completing the original Environmental Assessment and Launch Site Operator’s License application process, JAA was issued a Commercial Spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The license allows the airport to accommodate 52 horizontal takeoffs annually of sub-orbital horizontal launch vehicles.

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Video Report on Cecil Field Spaceport

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Florida is close to designating Cecil Field as a spaceport, which would allow the Jacksonville-based facility to access state funding and companies there eligible for tax breaks.

Cecil Field Spaceport Legislation Advances in Florida Senate

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Cecil Field in Jacksonville, recently designated a commercial spaceport.

The Florida Times-Union reports on developments concerning Cecil Field, the former Naval Air Station in Jacksonville that the FAA has designated as a spaceport:

Legislation that could help attract space-related companies to Cecil Field has been fast-tracked in the Florida Senate…

A bill filed by state Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, and state Rep. Lake Ray, R-Jacksonville, would officially designate Cecil Field as a spaceport territory at the state level. That recognition would allow Space Florida, an independent special district that advocates for Florida’s space industry, to offer incentives to attract space-related companies to the area.

“It’s really an economic development type thing,” Wise said. “It will bring businesses in.”

The designation would also include Cecil Field in Space Florida’s master plan, which includes, among other things, funding infrastructure upgrades.

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Cecil Field Receives “Space Territory” Designation

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Cecil Field in Jacksonville.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Jacksonville Aviation Authority will now be able to pursue state funding to upgrade Cecil Field to a spaceport:

Space Florida officially designated Cecil as a “Space Territory” on June 9. Getting that designation means the Florida Department of Transportation now has legal authority to fund spaceport-related transportation facilities within Cecil to better accommodate horizontal launch space travel.

JAA will now be able pursue funds to design and construct new roadways, taxiways, and assembly and payload facilities at Cecil Airport. A Spaceport Master Plan is expected to be completed in the fall.

JAA already received a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration for the former military base.

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Cecil Field Could Get Additional Public Funds for Space Tourism Development

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Cecil Field in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Daily record reports that the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization is considered a move to formally support the development of space tourism at Cecil Field in Jacksonville:

If it meets eligibility requirements, the backing would mean the transportation projects associated with the development could receive North Florida TPO allocated dollars.

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