As a launch site operator, Andøya Space provides the technical infrastructure, the launch pads and the buildings, while launch service providers bring their launch vehicles to our spaceport. Together we safely lift the customers satellites into their designated orbits. Andøya Space also offer logistical services to aid in transportation and customs handling upon arrival and departure, VIP-arrangements for launch campaign observers, a friendly work-environment for all our partners and customers present at the site and provide the overall safety and security regime required for a safe launch.
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.
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)
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.
The Campania Aerospace District DAC is studying the HYPLANE Mach 4.5 spaceplane and is coherently proposing and supporting the development of Grazzanise airport to become an experimental safe spaceport. It has relevant specific characteristics that ease the safe operations (see Tab. 1). In fact, the 3 km runway is directed toward the Tyrrhenian Sea from which it is only 10 km apart, with very few settlements and human activities on ground. Grazzanise is also a node in the national ATM network and this situation should facilitate the management of the activities with respect to the ordinary air traffic over the area.
Furthermore, taking advantage from the specific relative position of the runways of Grazzanise and a couple of airports in Sardinia (Tortolì and Decimomannu, about 400 km from Campania) on the other side of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the development of the Suborbital TEst Polygon (STEP) is also proposed. Apart from the mentioned airports, STEP will benefit from the long-time operational PISQ (inter-forces polygon of Salto di Quirra) with a >50000 km2 segregated areas between Campania and Sardinia regions (see Fig. 1). This Suborbital Experimental Polygon will make available the perfect operational scenario where to test and operate the HYPLANE suborbital demonstrator.
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.
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The MLI will be a public/private non-profit entity that provides a collaborative platform for academia, industry, and governmental agencies to provide LEO and hypersonic launch technology for commercial and defense applications. The MLI’s priority is to organize industry partners to establish and operate a satellite launch facility and command center in Northern Michigan.
MLI will be the organization that will organize and facilitate interaction with governmental entities, including local, state, regional, federal and international agencies that will be involved with licensing, operational, and oversight of the launch facility and command operations center.
At full capacity, the MLI launch site will conduct 22-25 launches per year, with command center operating 24/7 for northern tracking operations
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.
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.
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.
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.
With an ideal location on the coast of Georgia, bordering northeast Florida, Camden County is strategically positioned to be one of the most important commercial spaceports in the United States. At Spaceport Camden, our mission is to create the premier commercial spaceport strategically positioned to provide economic diversity with a competitive advantage for the space sector, Camden County, the state of Georgia and the United States. Once approved, Spaceport Camden will be the only exclusively vertical, non-federal range on the East Coast. Our vision is to develop a successful world class spaceport through a public-private partnership that establishes Camden County as the Commercial Space Center of the United States. With Georgia ranked no. 1 in the 2020 PWC Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness report, Georgia being home to more than 800 major aerospace companies, and aerospace products being the no. 1 export and the second largest manufacturing industry, we are well positioned to capitalize on the global $420-billion space industry. Camden County, Georgia has an exciting opportunity to make History again!
The Arizona Spaceport Alliance (ASA) includes a consolidated team supported by subject matter experts and Arizona aerospace industry group leaders aligned to advance the development of a network of Arizona spaceports and expand Arizona’s aerospace market as it relates to space. ASA is a non-profit mission focused on establishing and supporting world-class spaceport options in Arizona for the general benefit of the State of Arizona and its residents as well as championing the needs of commercial space businesses in the State of Arizona. The Board of Directors for ASA is mandated to establish policies for management and oversight, make decisions on major organizational issues, and determine next steps and roles for the Alliance.
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Hancock Co. Port and Harbor Commission owns and operates Stennis International Airport, soon-to-be Stennis Spaceport. We are adjacent to Stennis Space Center 125,000 acre acoustical buffer zone and 13 miles from Stennis Space Center Testing facilities.
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.
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.
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.
TiSPACE (Taiwan Innovative Space) is a private company in Taiwan specializes in space technologies and launch services. Our headquarters is in central Taiwan and close to high-tech science parks. In addition, we have our own private launch site in the low-latitude region by the southeast coastline of Taiwan. TiSPACE is a new player in the Space Industry with very competitive space launch systems based on hybrid rocket propulsion technologies. Other than hybrid rocket propulsion systems, we have also developed the orbit insertion enabling technologies of guidance, navigation and control with reliable tracking and telemetry. By fully utilizing the high-tech and precision manufacturing capabilities with locally available parts and materials, our launch vehicle systems are 100 percent made in Taiwan (MIT), which allows us to enter the dedicated space launch services market with very competitive cost. Formosan Space Inc. is founded to assemble, integrate and provide space launch services, perform launches from local spaceports for customers in the US. Established in Aug. 2019 in California USA, FSI is the first overseas subsidiary owned by TiSPACE and will work seamlessly as a team to offer more launch sites options and responsive services for our customers.
Weather conditions are a major cause of launch delays and scrubs. Understanding weather conditions leading up to, and including, day of launch is crucial to successful range and spaceport missions. Having accurate real-time meteorological measurements and as accurate as possible forecasts through the various mission stages and vehicle recovery have a major impact on mission success. Accurate observations and forecasts of phenomena such as atmospheric winds, stability, fog, lightning, inversions, storms, etc. play key roles in safe and successful launches.
WDSS partners with Radiometrics and other companies to provide the Launch Weather Decision Support System (LWDSS). The purpose of LWDSS is to provide launch ranges and spaceports with meteorological instrumentation and decision support tools for staff meteorologists and non-meteorological users to enhance launch safety and reduce weather related mission delays and scrubs. LWDSS is designed to support operational users from several days prior to launch, through T0 and spacecraft recovery phase.
LWDSS can be tailored to specific launch applications and sites and can include:
- Radar Wind Profilers
- Profiling Microwave Radiometers
- Surface Stations
- Lightning Data (lightning detection, field mills)
- Mobile or permanent Doppler Weather Radars
- High-resolution custom Numerical Weather Prediction forecasts
- Meteorological and non-meteorological decision support tools and displays
- Mobile apps
- Balloon launches as required
- Aircraft reconnaissance for triggered lightning conditions
- 24/7 meteorological forecast support if needed
WDSS can work with you and our industry partners to customize a LWDSS solution that meets your specific weather requirements to help assure launch safety and mission success.
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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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.
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.