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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2020 10:04 p.m. PST

"There is no shortage of spaceports in the United States. When launch sites come to mind, one usually thinks of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and neighboring Kennedy Space Center, or perhaps Vandenberg Air Force Base in California or Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Perhaps, also, Spaceport America in New Mexico, the future home of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (see "An ‘operationally ready' spaceport", The Space Review, August 19, 2019)

But there are many more launch sites in the country than those. The FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation has 11 active "launch site operator," or spaceport, licenses for facilities across the US. Of those 11, five are for facilities that have yet to have a launch or landing: Midland International Air and Space Port in Texas, Colorado Air and Space Port near Denver, Oklahoma Air and Space Port, Ellington Airport (aka Houston Spaceport), and Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida. (A sixth belongs to Space Florida for the Shuttle Landing Facility runway, which the state agency now operates commercially; it has yet to be the site of any commercial launches but, of course, hosted dozens of Space Shuttle landings.)…"
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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2020 12:37 a.m. PST

More than one or two per continent seems a bit superfluous, unless of course the bad guys/gals start bombarding us from orbit, and then a few backup spaceports might not be a bad idea.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2020 7:05 a.m. PST

Competition is the American way. No participation trophies here.

dapeters23 Jan 2020 9:13 a.m. PST

more like fixing the race.

Mobius23 Jan 2020 9:27 a.m. PST

Oprah hands out Space Ports.
"You get a Space Port".
"You get a Space Port".
"You get a Space Port".
"You get a Space Port".

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2020 11:47 a.m. PST



HMS Exeter Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2020 2:50 p.m. PST

Not to worry, when it becomes an issue, the Vogons will come and issue zoning permits to an pan-galactic usage standard approving the proper number. Disney will buy up all the losing entrants for use as theme parks. Baikonur will lose out because of its' chemical contamination.

When they leave they will take their liaison OverCadet Elonmusk with them.

Slow Oats23 Jan 2020 5:14 p.m. PST

Long enough to reach the ground.

Oh, wait…

Legion 424 Jan 2020 8:21 a.m. PST

More is good !

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2020 11:57 a.m. PST



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