Webinar Series-Spaceport of the Future

Webinar Series- Spaceport of the Future

The pace of space launches has put an enormous strain on the capacity of spaceports worldwide. In 2022, 78 U.S. rockets sent payloads to orbit, up from 45 in 2021. The growth in demand is exponential. 

In this webinar, Global Spaceport Alliance Webinar Series focuses on the The Spaceport of the Future. U.S. Space Force launched its Spaceport of the Future (formerly known as Range of the Future) initiative with the objective of developing a network of spaceports that can support a variety of missions and customers, both military and commercial. 

The initiative aims to enhance the resilience, responsiveness, and affordability of space access and operations, as well as foster innovation and collaboration among the space community. The Spaceport of the Future initiative envisions a future where spaceports are integrated into the national and global infrastructure, enabling seamless and secure access to the space domain. 

The Spaceport of the Future initiative envisions a future where spaceports are integrated into the national and global infrastructure, enabling seamless and secure access to the space domain. The outcome of this USSF initiative will have a real impact on GSA Members around the world. In this webinar, Colonel Shannon DaSilva will update GSA Members on the USSF’s Spaceport of the Future initiative.



Colonel Shannon DaSilva is the Deputy Director of Operations, Space Systems Command (S3) and the AA3/5/8 for the Assured Access to Space (AATS) mission at Patrick SFB, Florida. She leads the team responsible to the Field Command Commander for enterprise integration, space access, and future operations.

Prior to her current job, Col DaSilva worked on the Headquarters Space Force Staff as the Director for Joint Matters, and for the first Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy as the Deputy Director of Space Strategy and Plans. In both staff roles, she advised the nation’s most senior civilian and military space leaders during the standup of the Nation’s newest armed service focused on the space domain.

The outcome of this USSF initiative will have a real impact on GSA Members around the world. In this webinar, Colonel Shannon DaSilva will update GSA Members on the USSF’s Spaceport of the Future initiative. 


EQUATORIAL LAUNCH AUSTRALIA signs multi-launch contract with INNOSPACE to conduct orbital launches from the ARNHEM SPACE CENTRE 

Equatorial Launch Australia

17 August 2023, Adelaide, Australia and Sejong, Korea

Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) the developer, owner and operator of the Arnhem Space Centre (ASC) on the Gove Peninsula in Australia’s Northern Territory, has today signed a multi-year, multi-launch contract with Korean aerospace company, INNOSPACE, for a series of orbital launches from the Australian spaceport.

The agreement will see the launch of several INNOSPACE rocket variants each carrying between 50kg and 500kg payloads into low earth orbit from the ASC across a five-year timeframe until Dec 2028.

ELA is widely regarded as the most advanced multi-user commercial spaceport in the world, and the signing of this contract has validated the business concept and development plans by securing INNOSPACE – the only hybrid-fuelled rocket company worldwide to have successfully launched into space – as the first commercial company to become a ‘resident launcher’ (long term tenant and regular launcher) at the Australian spaceport. The first launches by INNOSPACE from the ASC are expected to commence in early 2025. ELA previously had a three-launch contract with NASA.

ELA has been working with the Australian Space Agency (ASA) to expand its existing Launch Facilities License (LFL) to support orbital launches from the ASC with a range of orbital rockets, differing azimuths and trajectories and a much wider array of propellant mixes and rocket configurations as part of its Phase 2 Development Plan. This work with the ASA will now expand to assist INNOSPACE to obtain its first Australian Launch Permit (ALP). This ALP approval process is expected to take between 6 and 14 months commencing later his year.

As one of up to seven planned ‘resident launchers’ INNOSPACE will be allocated a Space Launch Complex (SLC), comprising two modern ASC launch pads customised to INNOSPACE’s rocket requirements and an extensive Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) which allows for rocket assembly, payload integration (in an ISO 8 clean room) and has overhead cranes, offices, workshops and system test facilities in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. Each SLC is fully enclosed and encompasses a range of ITAR compliance measures including video and movement sensor security, extensive fencing, and access control.

Michael Jones, Executive Chairman and Group CEO of ELA said the contract with INNOSPACE was a major milestone for ELA. “We are delighted to announce this multi-launch and long-term agreement with INNOSPACE and what we hope is the first of several launch agreements which we have been developing for some time. INNOSPACE is a truly innovative company with outstanding technology and is one of the leaders in the emerging market of smaller launch providers. INNOSPACE is one of the first of the next batch of “new space” rocket companies to launch and with increasing congestion at major spaceports globally, INNOSPACE has recognised the unique launch/geographic, infrastructure and commercial benefits of launching from the ASC.”

“The launch contract and associated space launch complex agreement which we have been discussing for over a year provide INNOSPACE with the flexibility they require around launching a range of launch vehicles at an increasing cadence over the next five years,” he said.

“This contract demonstrates the potential for the ASC to deliver on our goal of being the pre-eminent commercial launch site globally. With the combination of our launch pad design/technology, launch inclination options, geopolitically stable base, infrastructure, logistics and engineering support solutions we have developed, we know we offer a highly competitive and attractive spaceport solution,” said Mr Jones.

“Last year’s three successful launches with NASA allowed us to showcase the skill and capabilities of both the ELA team and the Arnhem Space Centre to the world. We’re excited to embark on that journey again – this time with INNOSPACE. It is a very important part of our ethos and culture to be known for what we achieve and not what we predict, and this contract again shows this aspect of ELA.”

Soojong Kim, CEO of INNOSPACE said, “we are thrilled to have secured an optimal launch spaceport, the ASC, which has the benefits of launching from an equatorial spaceport and brings launch efficiencies through this multi-launch agreement with ELA. Our goal is to offer customers greater flexibility for their launch schedule and orbit access with frequent dedicated launch opportunities. We expect to enable our satellite customers to achieve significant innovation with our orbital launch services by launching from the ASC.”


Equatorial Launch Australia
Amanda Hudswell,
Head of Marketing & Communications
Ph: +61 (0) 403166947

Jeonghee Kim
Communications Manager
Ph: +82.44.715.7948

Global Spaceport Alliance Welcomes KBR

Global Spaceport Alliance welcomes KBR

KBR Joins the Global Spaceport Alliance!

We are thrilled to announce that KBR has joined the Global Spaceport Alliance (GSA), allowing it to more broadly share its extensive aerospace experience and capabilities with the international spaceport community.

Dr. George C. Nield, GSA’s Chairman, pointed out that, “KBR has a tremendous track record of working with both government and industry to achieve mission success, and I know that we will all be able to benefit significantly from their insights and their innovative approaches.”

KBR’s Government Solutions U.S. advances the priorities of the U.S. government and related commercial entities. As the team behind the mission, KBR provides a range of high-end services and expertise in scientific research, systems engineering, data analytics, and mission operations around the globe. 

Its in-depth portfolio spans defense modernization; military, civil and commercial space; intelligence; cyber; advanced logistics; and base operations. Whether testing the latest military aircraft or training astronauts, they equip those on the frontline and those exploring a new frontier. 

“We are delighted to join GSA and collaborate on the continued advancement of commercial space endeavors,” said Todd May, KBR Senior Vice President, Science and Space. “GSA’s visionary efforts to develop a global network of spaceports to help facilitate increased access to space and grow the space economy aligns perfectly with KBR’s goals to further human exploration to the moon and beyond. We are excited to see how the future unfolds and proud to be a part of it together.”

Known for excelling in complex and extreme environments, KBR is trusted to help their customers meet their most pressing challenges today and into the future. Their wide-ranging experience will be a valuable asset to the spaceport community.


Established in 2015, the Global Spaceport Alliance has become the largest network of spaceports in the world. Members include spaceport operators, suppliers, and government and academic entities involved in the commercial space sector. GSA offers members timely access to
information, the ability to engage with key decision makers, and the opportunity to participate in working groups targeting specific areas of interest to the spaceport ecosystem.

Global Spaceport Alliance Welcomes the International Space University

GSA welcomes ISU

Enriching the Spaceport Community: International Space University Joins Global Spaceport Alliance!

We are excited to announce the newest addition to our team, International Space University (ISU), who will be joining the Global Spaceport Alliance (GSA) membership. With a strong background in space education, ISU brings a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm that will significantly enhance our capabilities.

George Nield, GSA’s Chairman noted, “Given ISU’s reputation for excellence and its extensive cadre of alumni, I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together to energize and expand the international spaceport community.

ISU was founded in 1987 and is a private, non-profit [501(c)3] university registered in France and the U.S. ISU provides “3-I” (i.e., international, interdisciplinary, and intercultural) workforce and leadership development programs for participants at the graduate student and early career professional levels for the benefit of all humanity. 

ISU has a central campus in Strasbourg, France and is establishing a permanent presence in North America. ISU has 5400 alumni shaping the international space ecosystem in 110 countries, including astronauts, entrepreneurs, space industry leaders, and government executives. 

Dr. Ken Davidian, Vice President, North American Operations of the International Space University said, “ISU is thrilled to join the Global Spaceport Alliance, enabling us to share our distinct international, interdisciplinary, and intercultural approach to space education and professional development with the global spaceport community.”

Their deep understanding of space is poised to make an immediate impact as we continue to provide support for the growing spaceport industry.



Established in 2015, the Global Spaceport Alliance has become the largest network of spaceports in the world. Members include spaceport operators, suppliers, and government and academic entities involved in the commercial space sector. GSA offers members timely access to information, the ability to engage with key decision makers, and the opportunity to participate in working groups targeting specific areas of interest to the spaceport ecosystem.

Join ISU for a five-day program coming up!

SPACE SECTOR CRASH COURSE on November 12-17, 2023 in Houston, Texas at the Holiday Inn Houston-Webster at 302 Bay Area Blvd – Webster, TX 77598

Spaceport Industry – 2022 Year in Review

Spaceport Activity in 2022

Spaceport Industry - 2022 Year in Review

By Izzy House

The roar of the 2020s comes from the sound of launches into space. Space stations, satellites, Moon voyages, and suborbital transportation herald in this new era. Spaceports connect our world and are vital infrastructure for space transportation.

They are the gateway to space. Here is a brief look into recent events in the past year that heralded a new era for the space industry.

January 10 – 7th Annual Global Spaceport Alliance Membership Caucus was held in Orlando, Florida.

February 16 – The 24th Annual Federal Aviation Administration Commercial Space Transportation Conference was held in Washington D.C.

April 19 – The Spaceport Maine steps closer as Maine’s Governor Janet Mills signed the bill into law creating a public-private partnership that would build launch sites, data networks, and operations to send satellites into space.

May 12 – Axiom Space breaks ground at Houston Spaceport on its new 400,000-square-foot headquarters on 22 acres.

May 13 – The Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority was issued a license to operate a reentry site, which will support potential landings of the Sierra Space Dream Chaser.

June 10 – Kennedy Space Center celebrated its 60th anniversary.

June 21 – 4th Annual Spaceport America Cup 2022 – 149 teams from 22 different countries competed during the five-day event.

June 27 – NASA launches its first rocket from a non-U.S. spaceport. The rocket took off from the Arnhem Space Centre in Australia’s Northern Territory.

July 20 – Global Spaceport Alliance organized a session on “The Advent of Point-to-Point Space Travel” which was held at the Farnborough International Airshow.

August 31 – Collins Aerospace inaugurated a new, 120,000-square-foot facility located at the Houston Spaceport.

September 9 – Maritime Launch Services breaks ground on Canada’s first orbital launch site for a spaceport in Nova Scotia.

October 12 – The Norwegian government approved the building of a new spaceport on Andøya. 

November 15 – Space Perspective unveiled MS Voyager– the world’s first Marine Spaceport (MS) for human spaceflight, and the first in a planned fleet of this new class of spaceports globally.

November 16 – Spaceport Cornwall awarded a license to host UK’s first space launch.

November 16 – Artemis I launch from Launch Complex 39B from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission duration was 25 days, 10 hours, 53 minutes with a total distance traveled of 1.3 million miles.

December 8-9 – Global Spaceport Alliance co-chaired the fifth High-Speed Aerospace Transportation Workshop in Midland, Texas

December 15 – The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority was issued an updated license to operate a launch site at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

December 17 – Federal Aviation Administration clears Rocket Lab for first launch from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia.

December 19 – Israeli Spaceport was announced.

December 22 – The government acquired over 80% of land for India’s second spaceport in Tamil Nadu.

December 22 – Announced ribbon cutting for Spaceport Esrange in Sweden. After years of preparation and construction, the European mainland’s first orbital launch complex, Spaceport Esrange, will be inaugurated on January 13, 2023. 

December 22 – Virgin Orbit receives U.K.’s first orbital launch license to launch from Spaceport Cornwall in early 2023.

Worth a mention:

Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser plane is planned to launch on the United Launch Alliance (ULA)’s new Vulcan rocket in 2023 and bring cargo to the International Space Station National Laboratory Station. With the addition of New Mexico’s Spaceport America, Sierra Space now has potential runways to utilize at the Kennedy Space Center, as well as locations in Huntsville, Alabama; the Oita Airport in Japan; and Spaceport Cornwall in the United Kingdom. 


To see a larger version of the infographic, click HERE.

Article was originally posted on LinkedIn.

Exploration: Sea versus Space

Exploration: Sea versus space

Message from the Chairman

As I reflect on the tragic loss of life that took place as a result of the implosion of the submersible attempting to visit the wreckage of the Titanic, I see both similarities and differences between traveling to the bottom of the ocean and riding a rocket to the edge of space.


Similarities include:

·      Both experiences take place in harsh and unforgiving environments

·      Both experiences involve a significant level of risk

·      Only a relatively small number of people have ever had either experience

·      The cost to buy a ticket for either experience is rather high


Perhaps the most significant difference between the two excursions is that for submersibles, there is a comprehensive set of industry standards, and common practice is for vehicles to be certified or “classed” by marine organizations such as the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), DNV (Det Norske Veritas, a global accreditation organization based in Norway), or Lloyd’s Register.  However, certification isn’t mandatory.


For commercial human spaceflight, we really don’t have an equivalent framework. Launches are conducted under an “informed consent regime,” where companies must thoroughly brief their customers on all of the anticipated risks, and then have them sign a document stating that they understand and accept those risks. Meanwhile, the FAA is currently under a moratorium, or “learning period,” that is scheduled to expire in October (unless extended by Congress), that prohibits issuing regulations that are intended to protect the safety of crew or spaceflight participants. There has been some initial work to develop voluntary industry consensus standards, such as the effort being led by ASTM, but most of the standards that have been published to date have to do with topics like terminology or propellant stowage rather than being focused on human spaceflight safety. 


As a result, this may be an appropriate time for those of us in the aerospace community to ask ourselves whether we are fully prepared for what might happen after the next human spaceflight accident. We know that we will have spaceflight accidents in the future — just like we do for every mode of transportation, including cars, trains, planes, and boats. My fear is that after a high-profile human spaceflight accident, we may see a significant outcry from the public, the media, Congress, or the Administration, with people asking, “How could the government have allowed this to happen?” That would be followed by the FAA being directed to immediately put out regulations that would prevent such an occurrence from ever taking place again.


Unfortunately, my experience has been that Rushed Regulations are Bad Regulations. A much better approach would involve government, industry, and academia working together to come up with an updated Commercial Human Spaceflight Regulatory Framework, that would take advantage of what we have learned over the last 62 years of human spaceflight, and that would encourage the continuous improvement of human spaceflight safety, while still allowing advanced technologies, innovation, and new ways of doing business.


Such a framework may not even require the addition of any new regulations. It will be important to retain the existing “informed consent” regime, but the new framework could potentially include, by reference, a comprehensive set of FAA-approved, voluntary industry consensus standards. Companies could then either demonstrate their compliance with those standards, or provide the appropriate data and rationale showing how an alternative approach would have an equivalent level of safety.


I suspect that the reason the development of industry standards has taken so long is that under the moratorium, industry has no incentive to devote the necessary time and energy to the effort, or to assign their best people to work on it. Plus, they are too busy launching rockets! If the moratorium is allowed to expire, industry may decide that it would be better for the private sector to have a system with light-touch government oversight and common-sense industry standards, than one in which the government attempts to come up with prescriptive design requirements on its own. That could turn out to be just the incentive needed to enable commercial human spaceflight to thrive while continuously improving its safety.


All the Best!


Dr. George C. Nield

GSA Chairman

Global Spaceport Alliance welcomes Linde, Inc.

GSA welcomes Linde

Linde joins Global Spaceport Alliance

Linde has more than 100 years of experience and the resources to supply, operate and manage all the utility, cryogenic propellants, rare gases, additive manufacturing materials and systems you need for all the elements that lead to a successful launch.

One of the vacuum chambers being installed at RAL Space’s R100 facility. (STFC RAL Space)
One of the vacuum chambers being installed at RAL Space’s R100 facility. (STFC RAL Space)

Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company and offers:
• Product supply consistency and service reliability on a global scale
• Site gas management and supply system support
• Investment-reducing facility leases
• Safety and environmental compliance
• Years of commercial space experience

The results for you are lower cost and less risk because of:
• Optimum cryogenic system design that improves system performance
• Additive manufacturing powders, gases and surface coating services
• Consistent propellant, component gas and liquid launch gas quality
• Reliable delivery, filling and storage expertise
• Plant-to-launch supply focus
• Risk reduction and minimized capital investment

Simply put, Linde offers world-class supply systems and products to meet your local needs.