Spaceport Colorado will serve as America’s hub for commercial space transportation, research and development. Horizontal launch facilities like Spaceport Colorado are developing around the world and have the potential to become the foundation for a global suborbital transportation network. Located six miles from Denver International Airport, Spaceport Colorado is conveniently accessible.
Last April we changed the Horizontal Launch Vehicle focus of the Spaceport Colorado license to the Concept X, dual propulsion type vehicle. We determined in an April meeting with the FAA that the Concept Y vehicle was proving to be too challenging for the FAA to complete airspace analysis on and, with the FAA’s very strong support, agreed to change to the Concept X. The FAA has taken the lead on helping us to make the necessary changes to the Environmental Assessment (EA) and conducted the airspace analysis for the new spacecraft type. The FAA held an Environmental Assessment Scoping Meeting on June 13, 2017 at Front Range Airport that was a very positive success. The focus of the meeting was to make sure that stakeholders and members of the public who might be impacted by the change had an opportunity to hear about the EA and ask questions. In the stakeholder portion that was held in the morning we had representatives from all of the interested FAA lines of business as well as United Airlines, Buckley AFB, and DEN. There was excellent discussion including questions on the specifics of operations from United and DEN and I was very encouraged to see the problem solving approach taken by all of the participants. In the evening public event the FAA gave an in-depth presentation of the changes and the EA and there were no questions from those in attendance, only positive supporting comments. We continued to move forward on the Application and LOA changes as well and have regular conference calls with the FAA that include, the Office of Commercial Space, ATC, other FAA lines of business as appropriate concerning the progress on the airspace analysis and the ATC LOA.
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Denver metro may soon be the gateway to space thanks to Spaceport Colorado – March 8, 2018
Will the Front Range become a hub for commercial space transportation? Countdown to decision is on – March 8, 2018
The FAA will hold a public meeting to solicit comments on the Draft PEA on Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the following location:
Front Range Airport
5200 Front Range Parkway
Watkins, CO 80137
At the meeting, the FAA will describe the proposed action and no action alternative, potential impacts of the proposed action, and the environmental review process, followed by a public statement period in which members of the public may provide up to a three-minute statement.
Front Range Airport Programmatic Environmental Assessment