Situated near the Gulf of Mexico, with ample available space for development, officials with Houston Airport System (HAS) believe Ellington Airport in Texas is tailor-made to become the nation's ninth Spaceport.
HAS unveiled part of its vision for the future of Ellington Airport on Wednesday, as conceptual renderings of a possible Spaceport were released to the public. The drawings show a new terminal facility, an aviation museum and the accompanying aerospace industries that would most certainly arrive should Houston become a Spaceport.
“Should the required licensing be secured, HAS would move forward in establishing the required infrastructure and support facilities needed to accommodate enterprises such as space vehicle assembly, launching of micro-satellites, astronaut training, zero gravity experimentation and space tourism,” officials said.
Houston Aviation Director Mario Diaz says the license needed from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate the Spaceport could come as soon as next year.
Ellington Airport is already home for NASA administrative, cargo and high-altitude research aircraft, which also includes the agency's fleet of modified T-38N jets used primarily for astronaut proficiency training.
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