Jim Bridenstine to Keynote the GSA Spaceport Summit – a Commercial Space Week Event

Jim Bridenstine announced as Keynote speaker at the GSA Spaceport Summit



Jim Bridenstine Named Keynote Speaker for GSA Spaceport Summit, Part of Commercial Space Week

(Alexandria, VA. Nov 7, 2023) – The Global Spaceport Alliance (GSA) is proud to announce that Jim Bridenstine, former NASA Administrator, will serve as the keynote speaker for the highly anticipated GSA Spaceport Summit, taking place on January 29, 2024 in Orlando, Florida.. The summit is the first element of Commercial Space Week, and is hosted in collaboration with SpaceCom and the Space Mobility Conference.

Mr. Bridenstine, who served as the Administrator of NASA from 2018 to 2021, brings a wealth of expertise and insights into the future of space exploration and commercial space endeavors. His leadership at NASA has left a lasting impact on the space industry and its direction, making him an exceptional choice to address the attendees of the GSA Spaceport Summit.

The GSA Spaceport Summit is a premier event for spaceport operators, spaceport contractors, and entrepreneurs in the space sector. The event features discussions and presentations on the latest innovations, challenges, and opportunities in the growing spaceport industry. As the keynote speaker, Mr. Bridenstine will share his unique perspective on the future of space operations and the role of spaceports in enabling commercial space activities.

Commercial Space Week is a week-long celebration of the burgeoning commercial space industry, providing a platform for thought leaders, industry experts, and stakeholders to come together, exchange ideas, and explore collaborations. In partnership with SpaceCom and the Space Mobility Conference, this event promises to be an exceptional opportunity for attendees to gain insights into the exciting developments within the commercial space sector.

Details and registration of the GSA Spaceport Summit, as well as the full Commercial Space Week schedule, can be found on the event’s website www.globalspaceportalliance.com. Registration to the Summit is free for GSA Members. 

For media inquiries, interview requests, or additional information, please contact Izzy House, GSA Director of Marketing Strategies at globalspaceportalliance@gmail.com.

About the Global Spaceport Alliance:

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.


GSA Member Report: Colorado Air & Space Port License Approved

By David E. Ruppel, Director, Colorado Air and Space Port


On August 17, 2017 Front Range Airport in Watkins, Colorado received the eleventh Launch Site Operators License issued by the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation. Upon receiving the license from the FAA, the facility officially became known as Colorado Air and Space Port, retiring the Spaceport Colorado and Front Range Airport names.

Colorado Air and Space Port is a broad-based, statewide economic development initiative that will sustain and accelerate Colorado’s world-class aerospace industry.

By attracting high-value aerospace technology clusters that support the suborbital commercial space market for scientific research, education, and space tourism, this horizontal launch facility will establish Colorado as a major North American commercial space hub and position Colorado as an integral part of an emerging international system of spaceports. With the nation’s largest per capita private aerospace economy, Colorado offers aerospace companies the country’s most highly educated workforce and a dynamic atmosphere for business growth.

Eight of the nation’s top aerospace contractors have significant operations in Colorado, and more than 500 space-related companies, developing products from launch vehicles and satellites to command and control software and equipment, call the state home. More than 190,880 people are employed in space-related jobs in Colorado – a number that is expected to swell in coming years.

Along with major Department of Defense facilities and NASA research activities, the state’s universities are among the world’s best for aerospace engineering. In addition, Colorado’s central U.S. location provides one-bounce satellite communications to Europe and Asia in the same business day. Colorado is also a strategic location for the space industry, with four key military commands: Air Force Space Command, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/U.S. Army Strategic Command, NORAD, and USNORTHCOM as well as three space-related Air Force bases: Buckley, Peterson, and Schriever.



Colorado Air and Space Port is one of six dual use spaceport facilities and is situated on 3,200 acres of land. It benefits from a vibrant and growing general-aviation population and strong corporate aviation traffic which helps to support and sustain the facilities that serve both the aviation and aerospace functions.  It is surrounded by 7,000 additional acres of non-residential, master-planned industrial complexes with access to heavy rail and highways.

The Air and Space Port is twenty minutes from one of the world’s most modern and efficient commercial airports, Denver International Airport (DEN).  DEN’s ability to double future runway capacity gives Colorado Air and Space Port substantial feed opportunities for future Space Tourism flights and this exceptional access is readily available for businesses locating on and around the Air and Space Port.

Colorado Air and Space Port is readily accessible to the highly skilled aerospace workforce, research universities, major aerospace and defense companies in the Denver Metropolitan area and the easy access to interstate and rail infrastructure combine to make Colorado Air and Space Port an ideal location for a commercial spaceport.  Colorado Air and Space Port is open for business and The First Mile Is Free!