With two key tenants — XCOR and Orbital Outfitters — out of business, the Midland Development Corporation has hired Interflight Global to advise it on the next steps for Midland’s spaceport.
It’s a move that City Councilman J. Ross Lacy, who also serves as the President for the Midland Spaceport Development Corporation, thinks is a step in the right direction.
“As we continue to move forward and we see the space industry transform, we needed to bring in Oscar and his group to really help us move forward, and, in some of the areas that we are going to be pursuing, it’s critical to have his expertise as we move into a new chapter for the Spaceport in Midland,” Lacy said.
As far as what the consulting firm will specifically address, MDC chairman Brent Hilliard explained “that contract is just to help us write a business plan for the space port.”
As a more clear business direction is carved out for the space port, the MDC will look to fill out the hangars and buildings that have already been built in the space port’s business park, as the park’s former tenants no longer occupy the space.
“Right now, we’re looking at XCOR to probably have their first launch here second quarter of ’16,” Lacy said during a MSDC meeting. “Orbital Outfitters’ building is moving along very nicely; they’ve also got the altitude chamber facilities inside that building. The XCOR hangar is almost complete, and we’ve already got half of their staff out here right now.”