Working Groups

In 2019 GSA established a series of working groups focused on specific subject areas. The Working Groups will consider the topics and make recommendations for GSA activities, including national and international policy initiatives that may be communicated to relevant governance bodies.

Attending members agreed to serve on the respective working groups as follows:

GSA Working Groups

Point‐to‐Point Transportation

The ability to conduct high-speed, long-distance transportation, specifically point-to-point transportation through space, will be a major game-changer for the global space economy.  The ability to fly from one side of the Earth to the other in less than 90 minutes will radically change not only how we travel, but how we communicate and how we do business.  This working group will address the issues relating to spaceport readiness for this exciting eventuality.

Oscar Garcia, InterFlight Global, Co‐Chair

Arturo Machuca, Houston Air and Space Port, Co‐Chair

Francisco Partida, Special Projects Manager, City of Brownsville

Frederick Jenet, Director, UTRGV’s CARA/STARGATE

Dan Hicks, Spaceport America

Ben Hernandez, Arizona Spaceport Alliance

Todd Lindner, Jacksonville Aviation Authority

James Lassiter, Corgan

Dave Ruppel, Colorado Air and Space Port

Academic Partnerships

Universities are ideal partners for spaceports, which will be hubs for innovation and the development of new technologies wherever they exist. This working group will discuss potential opportunities for academic engagement with current and emerging spaceports.

Dan Hicks, Spaceport America, Chair

Karyn MacVean, Arizona Spaceport Alliance

Robert Aillon, Leviathan Space Industries

Cherie Matthew, Corgan

Miles Carden, Spaceport Cornwall

Shinichi Takata, Space Port Japan Association

Chas Miller, Spaceport America

Frederick Jenet, UTRGV’s CARA/STARGATE

Communicating the Value of Space to Regional Economies

Spaceports can serve as a tangible expression of the value of spaceflight. They can also play an important role in helping communities understand and take advantage of the tremendous potential of space, not only for local populations, but also for regional and national economies.  This working group will focus on how we can best communicate that good-news story to the general public.

Miles Carden, Spaceport Cornwall, Chair

Karyn MacVean, Arizona Spaceport Alliance

Francisco Partida, City of Brownsville

Ben Hernandez, Arizona Spaceport Alliance

Space Support Vehicles

Even before commercial human spaceflights become routine, many spaceports may have a chance to host space-related aircraft activities for training or research and development purposes.  This working group will investigate how we can facilitate the operation of such “Space Support Vehicles,” which could provide near-term revenue and business opportunities for spaceports.

Dave Ruppel, Colorado Air and Space Port, Co‐Chair

Todd Lindner, Cecil Air and Space Port, Co‐Chair

Robert Aillon, Leviathan Space Industries

Scott McLaughlin, Spaceport America

Oscar Garcia, InterFlight Global

Todd Lindner, Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Spaceport Infrastructure Funding

Spaceports have unique infrastructure requirements which can often require significant investment. This working group will seek to identify common infrastructure needs and recommend potential legal, policy, and regulatory changes that could allow spaceports to better respond to the financial challenges they face.

Les Lake, Aerospace Market Leader, Chair

Mark Lester, Pacific Spaceport Complex

Chanse Watson, Stennis International Airport

Alma Miller, UTRGV’s CARA/STARGATE

Pat Hynes, NMSU

Scott McLaughlin, Spaceport America

David Whitestone, Holland & Knight LLP 

Hidetaka Aoki, Space Port Japan Association

Mark Lester, Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation