Azores Mission Structure for Space
Located in the southernmost part of Texas with quick access to the Gulf of Mexico & the US Interstate highway system, the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport (BRO) serves as a strategic port of entry. The airport is also a familiar beacon to the US for all international and domestic air carriers, as well to corporate and general aviation operators flying through the world’s airspace system. At BRO, we have two runways capable of serving 95% of the existing commercial fleet and 100% of the corporate and general aviation fleet. The airport is equipped with three types of instrument approaches that allow to safely conduct air operations even in adverse weather conditions, a Federal Inspection Station open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and two fixed base operators on the field. BRO commissioned a consulting firm to conduct a Spaceport Feasibility Study, the document is in its final stage before 100% deliverables, however, the primary result is a determination of “feasible” for a horizontal-launch concept with an associated spaceport launch site operator’s license for BRO. A horizontal launch capability would demonstrate a full spectrum of spaceport options and would potentially complement the vertical launch capabilities nearby (Boca Chica Launch Site)
Cecil Spaceport, located in Jacksonville, FL, is one of the most unique aerospace facilities in the Southeast U.S. Cecil is home to two rocket test stands, the third-longest runway in Florida (12,500’ x 200’) that can handle any aircraft in the world, a brand-new mission control center, and over three hundred acres reserved specifically for spaceport development. The spaceport is part of Cecil Airport, which has three other massive runways beyond the primary, hundreds of other acres available for development, and is home to major tenants such as Boeing and Flightstar Aircraft Services. Our Class D airspace provides control for your flight operations without the limitations of busier, airline-filled skies. Jacksonville also possesses three interstates, a deepwater port, and rail. At Cecil, we’re ready to help your aerospace business launch to the next level.
Colorado Air and Space Port will serve as America’s hub for commercial space transportation, research, and development. Horizontal launch facilities like Colorado Air and Space Port 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, Colorado Air and Space Port is conveniently accessible.
Private Facility in the Equatorial Line to maximize launch vehicles fuel savings and payload maximization.
Our Space Port plan is for it to be strategically located in Ecuador, taking advantage of the rotational speed of the Equatorial Line. We are developing the first aerospace and technological ecosystem that will be the gateway for future private sector exploration and colonization. Having our own private Space Port will facilitate the construction of our first Space Station in geostationary orbit.
Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) owns and operates the Arnhem Space Centre (ASC), a multi-user commercial spaceport in East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Australia at 12° S. In partnership with NASA, ELA launched three rockets to over 300km into space over a 15-day period in June/July 2022. This was both the first ever commercial space launch from Australia and the first ever launch by NASA from a commercial spaceport. ELA and the proximity of the ASC to the equator offers rocket companies and their payload customers operational freedom and simplicity for both their launch and mission design.
With access to the full range of orbits and inclinations from <12 deg to >110 deg (south) we provide the following value-added services supporting the mission and launch:
• Mission/Launch planning and feasibility
• ASA Launch Permit and regulation/compliance management
• Full scope launch preparation and conduct including: logistics, operations management and launch/range control and management
• Recovery of vehicles/stages
• Full test and Range services avail for both commercial and military customers using our Arnhem
Space Test and Evaluation Range (ASTER)
• Payload management
• Fuel/gas production, acquisition, storage and preparation.
Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) is a leading provider of advanced space services including launch, operations, satellite communications, payload development, space engineering, and data analytics. Esrange Space Center, located in northern Sweden above the Arctic Circle, is SSC’s operations facility. SSC has been launching suborbital rockets and stratospheric balloons from Esrange for over 50 years and now hosts a rocket testbed and reusable launch vehicle testing facility. In 2023, Spaceport Esrange was inaugurated for orbital launches, offering access to space from mainland Europe. With satellite launches to complement the existing space services, SSC helps Earth benefit from Space.
Houston Spaceport is an FAA-licensed, urban commercial spaceport offering unprecedented access to a thriving aerospace community. In addition to serving as a launch and landing site for suborbital, reusable launch vehicles, Houston Spaceport offers laboratory office space including technology incubator space and large-scale hardware production facilities. Houston Spaceport is located at Ellington Airport, and as a part of the Houston Airport System (HAS) fits seamlessly into one of the largest international travel infrastructures on the planet.
Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) is a State of Alaska-owned company focused on developing and supporting spaceports to create economic hubs for communities. To this end, AAC’s Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA) on Kodiak Island, Alaska has been launching suborbital and orbital missions since 1998. This FAA-licensed orbital spaceport provide flexible, responsive and low-cost access to space for government and commercial customers. AAC also provides support to other spaceports and space companies with technical expertise and deployable range safety and telemetry capabilities.
Anchorage, Alaska www.akaerospace.com
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Maritime Launch is a Canadian-owned commercial space company based in Nova Scotia. It is listed on the Canadian NEO stock exchange under the ticker symbol NEO:MaxQ.. Maritime Launch is developing and building Spaceport Nova Scotia, a launch site that will provide satellite delivery services to clients in support of the growing commercial space transportation industry, over the widest range of inclinations available in North America, from a single site. The development of this facility will allow prospective launch vehicles to place their satellites into low-earth orbit. This will be Canada’s first commercial orbital launch complex.
The Oklahoma Air & Spaceport is one of the nation’s first FAA-licensed spaceports. Operating under the authority of the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority (OSIDA) the Oklahoma Air and Spaceport manages a 152-mile long by 50-mile wide spaceflight corridor providing a unique northwest (polar) trajectory that is not in Restricted Airspace nor conflicts with Military Operations Areas (MOAs). It boasts one of North America’s largest paved runways at 13,503’ X 300’, providing exceptional horizontal launch and landing capabilities. This 2,700-acre facility, with its 1,100-acre aerospace industrial park with paved roads, utilities, and fiber, has the potential to foster aerospace research and development, testing, manufacturing, and various launch capabilities. The Oklahoma Air & Spaceport also features an Operations Control Center with Telemetry & Monitoring (T&M) room, manned air traffic control tower, onsite Aircraft Firefighting and Rescue (ARFF) unit, FBO, six large commercial hangars providing 100,000 sf of covered lease space, rail line, 96-acre paved apron, medical clinic, lightning prediction system, and even a 9-hole golf course! Located in rural Oklahoma, it is only 7 miles from Interstate 40 (and Historic Route 66) and 1 ½ hours away from Oklahoma City. Statewide partners include the FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City including the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI); the National Weather Service in Norman; three major research universities and numerous regional colleges; three U.S. Air Force bases; and access to Oklahoma’s world-class statewide network of technical training and job skills educational programs offered through Western Technology Center located next door.
Southern Launch: Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex
Southern Launch manages all aspects relating to space launch missions, from customer-specific launch vehicle selection, associated launch preparation and operations through to mathematical flight performance simulations, safety management and logistics.
Southern Launch operates the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex, located on the tip of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. The site offers direct ascent into polar and sun-synchronous orbits.
The Australian-based spaceport is the only commercial, multi-user site that offers:
- Proximity to established industry infrastructure that can support rocket launches;
- Good year-round weather; and
- Unhindered southward launch trajectories across unpopulated areas with low-density air and nautical traffic lanes.
The Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex covers approximately 1200 Ha (2965 acres) of open land with over 6 km (3.72 miles) of ocean frontage.
Southern Launch: Koonibba Test Range
Southern Launch manages all aspects relating to space launch missions, from customer-specific launch vehicle selection, associated launch preparation and operations through to mathematical flight performance simulations, safety management and logistics.
The Koonibba Test Range (KTR) was developed by Southern Launch in collaboration with the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation and is Australia’s first licensed space launch facility.
The spaceport is located on the West Coast of the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, and is Australia’s largest rocket testing facility, specialising in suborbital launches, with:
- Over 10,000 square kilometres of range area
- Up to 145km downrange
- Overland payload recovery
- Support from the logistics hub of Ceduna
The Koonibba Test Range extends out 145 kilometres over an uninhabited national park, providing companies with the ability to recover their rocket and payload and do further testing and systems validation before launching into orbit, which can then be done from our Whalers Way Orbital Launch Facility.
Space Florida is an ‘independent special district’ of the state and serves as the spaceport authority for the Cape Canaveral Spaceport (CCS). The CCS is recognized in Florida statute as encompassing the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station where Space Florida provides a host of services to the growing commercial space marketplace. Increasingly, those services to the private sector include the ownership of major facilities and equipment, roads and bridges, collaborating with utilities to provide power and commodities, and in certain locations on the CCS Space Florida also provides building permits and Certificates of Occupancy. All the active pads at the Cape are either owned outright or have significant investments by Space Florida. Collectively, there are over $1.5B in facility and infrastructure investments in the Cape where financing and tax efficiencies by Space Florida have helped to create a manufacturing hub for rockets, capsules, satellites and the supply chain to support those activities. The vast majority of those investments are with private sector capital. Nowhere on earth is the future vision of a commercial spaceport becoming a reality more than at the Cape.
Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, has a commercial-space friendly environment of 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot runway, vertical launch complexes, and about 340 days of sunshine and low humidity. Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, Boeing, UP Aerospace, EXOS Aerospace, and SpinLaunch.
The Spaceport Company is building a network of mobile offshore launch and reentry sites to complement existing spaceport capacity and facilitate the development of point-to-point, world-wide, high-speed transportation. Our facilities and operations are designed to expedite regulatory approval and maximize operational flexibility thus enabling the fast, scalable deployment of launch and reentry site capacity in littoral locations across the world.
Located in east central Florida on the “Space Coast,” the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority was established to oversee a system of airports in Brevard County that include Space Coast Regional Airport, Merritt Island Airport, and Arthur Dunn Airpark. The Authority is now pleased to introduce its newest venture, the FAA-licensed Exploration Spaceport at Space Coast Regional Airport. Exploration Spaceport has it all – its nearby proximity to the Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral, and the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station provides a variety of unique advantages and opportunities to aerospace-industry businesses wanting to locate or expand within a burgeoning community, which just so happens to have a very celebrated history with the U.S. Space Program.
In addition to its premier locale, Exploration Spaceport offers proximity to rail service; port amenities, including FTZ-136; and major thoroughfares that include I-95, U.S. Highway 1, and SR 528. Together with the Space Coast’s 72 miles of coastline, pristine beaches, and numerous outdoor recreational activities, a mere 45-minute trek to the west will transport residents and their guests to Orlando and all of its legendary theme parks and attractions. Florida’s temperate climate and business-friendly tax structure round out just a few of the key benefits of living and working on the Space Coast.
The quality of life is unparalleled on the Space Coast, and being able to observe a rocket launch from your own backyard is becoming a near-daily occurrence. In the not-too-distant future, spaceflight from Exploration Spaceport will take off! And you will not want to miss it!
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Dream, Create, Build is the foundation for AOA – a company founded by two former Walt Disney Imagineers with over five decades of combined experience in design and execution. With an unbeatable reputation for combining artistry with strategic practicality, we focus on purpose-driven markets.
We seek to capture the nexus of the big idea at the earliest stage in the process and refine it into a concise plan for seamless execution and delivery. At AOA, we pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our clients, and we are ceaselessly passionate about transforming client’s visions into unique, authentic experiences that will astonish and inspire guests, exceeding expectations.
As an industry leader in immersive experience design, production, installation, and full-service project management, we can design your dream, create your vision, and build your experience. We act as “River Guides” for our clients to establish the guardrails for feasible development.
AOA has spent the last several years working in the commercial space tourism industry. Our team is specialized in developing complex and highly-tailored guest programs, storytelling combined with experiential design, fundraising visualization tools, and strategic implementation. From working in simulated space experiences to commercial space resorts to private spaceflight training centers, AOA is established in what it takes to provide world-class destinations.
BRPH is a technically focused and creative A/E/C firm dedicated to solving clients’ most pressing challenges through mission solutions, architecture, engineering, design, and construction services. We partner with clients in the aerospace/defense, manufacturing, commercial, hospitality, education and entertainment industries to plan, design, manage and construct industry-leading facilities and solutions. Founded in 1964 to support America’s space program, BRPH is consistently ranked among the nation’s top firms and has completed a wide range of projects across the United States and throughout the world. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, BRPH operates regional offices in Orlando; South Florida; Atlanta; Charleston, South Carolina; Huntsville, Alabama; Seattle; Phoenix; and Palmdale, California.
Corgan, a leading architecture and design firm founded over 80 years ago, creates places across the globe where people thrive, and clients succeed. Interrogating situations, discovering opportunities, and developing intuitive solutions, Corgan designs spaces and novel experiences that chase new ideas and proactively confront the hardest, most vital questions facing our clients, our profession, and our culture. Hugo is an extension of Corgan’s culture of research and development with a mission to explore emerging technologies and societal shifts to identify emerging markets and architectural typologies. By cross-pollinating our areas of design expertise and research in Aviation, Healthcare, Education, Data Centers and Hugo, we take architecture to the place where innovation happens.
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. 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.
Mead & Hunt is an employee-owned firm with more than 1,200 engineers, architects, scientists, planners, and support staff in more than 40 offices nationwide. Headquartered in Madison Wisconsin, Mead & Hunt has been in business for 122 years, and we attribute this longevity to our ethical and straightforward business practices. Our integrity and reputation, as well as the trust of our clients, are paramount to our long-term success. Mead & Hunt is a full-service aviation consulting firm, providing planning, engineering, capital improvement program, air service, financial, environmental, design, construction, operations, and strategy development services for airports and spaceports nationwide. In addition to these services, Mead & Hunt has provided ongoing program support to multiple spaceports across the country as well as the Department of Defense. Our wide-ranging airport and spaceport development capabilities provide a big picture perspective on even the smallest challenge. From infrastructure and facility design meeting the unique needs of horizontal launch systems to spaceport master planning, Mead & Hunt is your trusted partner to help you achieve your aerospace goals.
The Paso Robles Space Innovation and Technology Park will serve as a gateway to connect the City of Paso Robles, a community that has shaped the future of wine and agriculture for over a century, with California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, one of the leading aerospace universities in the world, and the Cuesta Community College North Campus, a leader in services education, through the creation of an enterprising mixed-use community connected to an FAA licensed Spaceport, capable of operating horizontal access to deliver small satellite systems to space on a commercial platform.
RS&H is an Employee-Owned, Architectural/Engineering and Consulting firm with offices throughout the US. Our full-service integrated approach to planning and design services focuses on key markets including Aerospace & Defense, Transportation & Infrastructure, Aviation, Corporate, and Construction Management. Our Aerospace Practice is a fully integrated design team specializing in solutions for advanced and innovative solutions for a challenging aerospace industry. Our extensive knowledge, capabilities and experience continues to demonstrate our commitment to the advancement of space exploration and technology. Our experienced design professionals work with clients during the planning, analysis, and design phases, to confidently complete their projects with the reassurance to pursue their boldest initiatives successfully.
SCIENTIFICALLY-DESIGNED, MISSION-PROVEN LIGHTNING SOLUTIONS
Scientific Lightning Solutions, LLC (SLS), provides lightning monitoring, protection, and grounding systems design, implementation, and operation. SLS also provides lightning risk assessments and lightning protection systems inspections and maintenance. SLS engineers and scientists leverage knowledge and experience gained through years of working in the USA’s Space Program and the ICLRT. The SLS team serves on prominent national lightning protection committees, including NFPA 780, UL 1449, UL 96, IEC-TC 81, IEEE 998, in addition to the Kennedy Space Center Lightning Safety Assessment Committee.
Space Marketing Podcast is where we explore marketing principles, strategies, and tactics through the lens of space. Join Izzy House as she talks with space industry professionals about their challenges and successes with marketing in the new space economy.
Spire Global is a data and analytics company that collects data from space to solve problems on Earth. Owning and operating one of the largest satellite constellations in the world, Spire Global identifies, tracks, and predicts the movement of the world’s resources and weather systems so that businesses and governments can make smart decisions.
Within the Spaceport and UAS sectors, Spire offers total situational awareness for test and launch sites through seamless provision of space-based and terrestrial AIS and ADS-B data as well as hyper-localized high-definition weather forecasting at multiple flight levels. Hyper-localized temperature, wind, cloud, and thunderstorm data provides critical insight to inform a go/no-go launch decision; Spire’s customized vertical weather data spans from the ground to 70,000+ feet and draws on unrivaled radio occultation data collection for a deep understanding of upper air and atmospheric conditions. Real-time AIS and ADS-B data can enable alerts when vessels or aircraft enter the restricted zone around the launch site, and historical data can be used to identify entrants after the launch has occurred. Point optimized weather forecasts are currently available for over 10,000 weather stations including all major US spaceports.
Within the architecture profession, Space Architecture is recognized as a bona fide specialty that applies the theory and practice of designing and building inhabited environments in outer space. The three principal domains of the field include: orbital architecture, planet surface architecture, and Earth-based space facilities architecture which supports space faring activities such as design and development of spaceports, or terrestrial analog environments for research.
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Arizona Spaceport Alliance is a non-profit organization focused on helping to establish & support world-class spaceport options in Arizona for the general benefit of the State of Arizona, its residents, and the global NewSpace sector.
IQM RESEARCH INSTITUTE (IQMRI)
IQM is a 501.C.3 non-profit organization providing applied Science and Technology Research and Development for Commercial firms and Federal Government agencies.
Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan IQMRI was formed in 2014 as an outgrowth of the heritage ERIM organization, that since 1946, developed leading-edge technologies for the United States Government and Department of Defense application.
IQMRI’s technical efforts range from non-biased studies that support product development to hardware and software prototype demonstration efforts.
IQMRI conducts programs under strict non-disclosure agreements with Industry and classified programs with United States Government customers.
The Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) is an Affiliate-based 501(c)(3) corporation and a member of the national network of Consortia in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The network is funded by NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (also known as Space Grant). Space Grant was established by Congress in 1988 to contribute to the nation’s science and engineering enterprise.
Our mission is to:
- Improve our Affiliates research infrastructure in areas of mutual interest to NASA and the state of Maine;
- Encourage more students to consider careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); and
- Enhance NASA’s presence throughout the State of Maine.
Our Affiliates are undergraduate and graduate institutions, not-for-profit research laboratories, state agencies, technology-based businesses and science and education organizations, all of whom help further NASA’s goals while benefiting Maine in many different areas of science and technology.
REACH, the designated community support organization for Vandenberg Space Force Base, is a nonprofit economic action coalition working with federal, state and regional partners to build a thriving space industry on California’s Central Coast.
The mission of the Rice Space Institute is to become a world leader in space science research and space technology development by fostering interdisciplinary research and education in collaboration with academic, business, industry and government partners. Our goals are to generate stronger research and education ties with NASA, industry, and academia, develop multidisciplinary research programs in science and engineering, facilitate space-related activities across campus, foster stronger collaboration with the humanities and social sciences, engage the broader Houston community in promoting and engaging in space-related research and education and work towards an integrated educational program (undergraduate and graduate) with NASA as a partner.
Runways to Space, LLC was started in 2022 to help all people, regardless of background, that wish to be involved in the space economy and associated activities find a path to do so. LinkedIn.com/in/janet-tinoco-PhD-BSEE
Space Nation Inc. is a space exploration training company providing extraordinary missions for aspiring astronauts, teams, leaders, and adventurers to extend the transformative benefits of space to a broad audience. As a pioneer in the space tourism industry, Space Nation has been accredited as the first space travel company to join the United Nations World Tourism Organization and established a collaborative partnership with NASA. Notably, Space Nation has organized astronaut-led expeditions in Iceland at the training grounds of Neil Armstrong. In 2018, the company launched a comprehensive mobile app for global astronaut training, which has been utilized by over 50,000 individuals to improve their physical, mental, and social capabilities. Space Nation’s ultimate goal is to establish communities beyond Earth, execute human-led industrial operations throughout the solar system, and unite people on Earth with the future by disseminating the life-changing benefits of space to everyone.
Space Port Japan Association (SPJ) was established in July 2018 to promote the country’s aerospace and related industries on a wide scale by opening Asia’s first spaceport in Japan with the aim of making Japan an Asian hub for the space travel business. SPJ is collaborating with relevant companies, groups, and government institutions both domestically and internationally to support efforts to open spaceports at the earliest opportunity and to create business opportunities in Japan. Naoko Yamazaki, a Japanese astronaut, represents the Director of SPJ.
The Aerospace Corporation is a national nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has approximately 4,000 employees nationwide. With major locations in El Segundo, Calif.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Washington, D.C., Aerospace addresses complex problems with agility, innovation, and objective technical leadership across the space enterprise and other areas of national significance.