Tuesday, June 30, 2015

FAA approval of Houston spaceport expected to be announced Tuesday

HOUSTON – Houston leaders and representatives from Johnson Space Center with gather downtown Tuesday to announce the FAA approval of a spaceport license at Ellington Airport.

In 2013, the Houston Airport System released illustrations of what the spaceport could look like at the airport once known as Ellington Field. Plans include a passenger terminal building and an aviation museum.

Airport system officials have said their plans for a spaceport include accommodating reusable launch vehicles, space vehicle assembly, launching of micro-satellites and space tourism.

Ellington, the 96-year-old airport that usually does not handle commercial air service, supports U.S. military and NASA operations.

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