Spaceport Colorado is America’s hub for commercial space transportation, research and development. Horizontal launch spaceports are developing around the world and will become the foundation for a global suborbital transportation network. The U.S. is at the forefront of this next generation of connectivity. Located just 18 minutes from Denver International Airport (DIA), the 11th busiest airport in the world, Spaceport Colorado is conveniently accessible from anywhere. Colorado companies already conduct business with Europe in the morning, Asia in the evening and South America in the same business day. Future suborbital trips will reduce flight times to these destinations to a few hours. Locally, Spaceport Colorado offers hundreds of acres of development opportunity just 40 minutes from downtown Denver and less than an hour from major research universities and laboratories.
With the second largest aerospace workforce in America, Colorado has the right people and resources to create a new aerospace and technology park at Spaceport Colorado. Front Range Airport, the proposed location for the spaceport, has started the application process for a spaceport operator license. As Colorado’s newest aerospace facility, Spaceport Colorado will be a space-driven economic engine for the aerospace industry, global logistics providers, educators and space tourism.
The spaceport concept was introduced to the Front Range Airport in August 2011, and it wasn’t long before the Airport understood its potential for becoming a horizontal-launch spaceport and just how perfectly suited Front Range Airport was positioned to become an integral part of “New Space.” To seriously pursue space ventures, the Airport needed to do two things: 1) Secure a spaceport license from the FAA; and 2) Pass state legislation for spaceflight limitation of liability. Both initiatives were initiated in early 2012, and limited liability legislation was passed with unanimous support of both houses of the Colorado legislature. The limited liability bill was signed into law on April 19, 2012, by Governor Hickenlooper at an industry luncheon at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.
A spaceport license pre-application was completed in early 2012. By the end of that year, $860,000 had been raised to fund the feasibility studies, environmental reviews and license preparation for a spaceport. In March 2013, HDR was awarded a competitive contract for consulting services with plans to submit the spaceport license application to FAA/AST before the end of the year. The license is expected to be issued in first quarter 2014.
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