Houston Spaceport Advances With Building Purchase

Artist's rendition of Ellington Spaceport includes two Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipTwo combinations, Orbital ATK's Stargazer air-launch plane, and a futuristic looking point-to-point aircraft. (Credit: Houston Airport System)
Artist’s rendition of Ellington Spaceport includes two Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipTwo combinations, Orbital ATK’s Stargazer air-launch plane, and a futuristic looking point-to-point aircraft. (Credit: Houston Airport System)

HOUSTON, Nov. 10, 2015  (HAS PR) — The Houston Airport System completed an important step in the functional launch of the Houston Spaceport on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, when Houston City Council members approved the $6.9 million purchase of an aerospace engineering building and land adjacent to Ellington Airport.

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NASA, Houston Airport System to Announce Spaceport Agreement

Artist's impression of future Ellington spaceport. (Credit: Houston Airport System)
Artist’s impression of future Ellington spaceport. (Credit: Houston Airport System)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — News media are invited to visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. to witness a landmark event as NASA and the Houston Airport System (HAS) formally enter a development agreement to provide NASA expertise and training at Houston’s new Spaceport installation. The event will be preceded by a press conference.

Houston Aviation Director Mario C. Diaz, JSC Director Ellen Ochoa, Houston city leaders, and JSC personnel will be in attendance. The Houston Spaceport facilities will be located at Ellington Airport, and this agreement marks a major milestone as Houston will become home to one of ten Federal Aviation Administration designated commercial spaceports in the United States.

For more information about NASA and its programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasas-journey-to-mars  

For more information about Houston Airport System and its programs, visit:

http://www.fly2houston.com/Spaceport   

Houston Spaceport Plan Moves Forward

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HOUSTON, Oct. 7, 2015 (HAS PR) — An important step in the functional launch of the Houston Spaceport was taken on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, when Houston City Council members approved the $6.9 million purchase of an aerospace engineering building and land adjacent to Ellington Airport (EFD).

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Ellington Airport Becomes 10th FAA Licensed Spaceport

Artist's rendition of Ellington Spaceport includes two Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipTwo combinations, Orbital ATK's Stargazer air-launch plane, and a futuristic looking point-to-point aircraft. (Credit: Houston Airport System)
Artist’s rendition of Ellington Spaceport includes two Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipTwo combinations, Orbital ATK’s Stargazer air-launch plane, and a futuristic looking point-to-point aircraft. (Credit: Houston Airport System)

HOUSTON, June 30, 2015 (HAS PR) — The Houston Airport System (HAS) has been granted a Launch Site License from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that enables Ellington Airport (EFD) to establish itself as a launch site for Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV), making it the 10th commercial spaceport in the United States.

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Sierra Nevada Corporation and Houston Airport System Announce New Agreement

Dream Chaser landing at Ellington Field. (Cedit: SNC)
Dream Chaser landing at Ellington Field. (Cedit: SNC)

SPARKS, Nev. (March 24, 2015) – Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems and the Houston Airport System (HAS) announce a new follow-on agreement to utilize Ellington Airport’s Spaceport as a future landing site for SNC’s Uncrewed Dream Chaser® spacecraft – SNC’s solution for NASA’s Cargo Resupply needs and other critical space operations.

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Sierra Nevada Teams Up With Houston Airport System on Dream Chaser

Conceptualized image of SNC’s Dream Chaser® spacecraft landing on the runway at Houston’s Ellington Field. (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)
Conceptualized image of SNC’s Dream Chaser® spacecraft landing on the runway at Houston’s Ellington Field. (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

SPARKS, Nev., April 10, 2014 (SNC PR) – In a joint news conference held today at the Rice University Space Institute, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the Houston Airport System (HAS) announced plans to explore potential applications and multiple economic development opportunities presented by the combination of a Houston-based space port and SNC’s Dream Chaser® – a spacecraft that can land at the space port directly from low-Earth orbit.

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Ellington Hopes to Join Swelling Ranks of America’s Underused Spaceports

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After a two-year study, the Houston Airport Authority (HAS) thinks that Ellington Airport would be an excellent location for a licensed spaceport to support horizontally launched reusable vehicles.

“Our findings revealed that Houston can be a major contender in commercial spaceflight,” according to a PowerPoint presentation given to the Houston City Council’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee last week.

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