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October 31, 2014

Discussion to address commercial spaceflight potential

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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 11:58 pm, Tue Sep 10, 2013.

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER — The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership will have a public discussion on the future of commercial spaceflight Sept. 4 at Space Center Houston.

Much of the discussion will revolve around a proposal to turn Ellington Airport into a licensed spaceport. Last month, the Houston City Council approved a $718,900 contract authorizing consultants to push for a license that would allow the airport to serve as a hub for commercial spaceflight.

Houston Airport System Director Mario Diaz, the keynote speaker at the event, has said Ellington could obtain a license from the Federal Aviation Administration next year.

The FAA has licensed eight commercial spaceports in the U.S., and Diaz sees Ellington as a potential port for space tourism and other commercial space endeavors.

It would cost somewhere between $48 million to $122 million to equip Ellington to launch space vehicles, according to a 2012 study conducted by the airport system.

As the home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center and other aerospace and commercial flight companies, the Bay Area is particularly well-suited for a commercial spaceport, Diaz has said.

Other panelists will include former astronauts and leaders in the commercial spaceflight industry.

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation and Barrios Technology are also sponsoring the public discussion.


At a glance

WHAT: Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership’s public discussion on commercial spaceflight with keynote speaker Mario Diaz

WHEN: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 4

WHERE: Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway

 

Space Poll

What do you think of the idea to locate a spaceport at Ellington Airport near NASA's Johnson Space Center?

The Houston Airport System proposed building a spaceport at Ellington Field that would serve as a terminal for commercial space tourism, high-speed cargo flights and hubs for commercial space companies and education facilities.

Total Votes: 336

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