Houston Airport Plans Possible Spaceport
The Houston Airport System announced plans for a possible Spaceport at Ellington Airport. Earlier this week, the airport released conceptual drawings of the spaceport, which included various elements of the project, including a terminal facility, an aviation museum, and the accompanying aerospace industries.
On July 17 of this year, Houston City Council members voiced support for the pursuit of Spaceport licensing at Ellington Airport. If licensing is approved, Ellington would become the country’s ninth licensed spaceport. Other licensed spaceports include facilities in Alaska, California, and New Mexico.
Mario C. Diaz, Houston Aviation Director, said that licensing from the FAA could come as soon as some time next year.
Once licensing is secured, the Houston Airport System would begin establishing infrastructure and support facilities. These facilities would accommodate enterprises such as space vehicle assembly, launching of satellites, astronaut training, zero gravity experimentation, and space tourism. Houston has a decades-long history with the space industry and is known as Space City USA