The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun its 180-day review period on Spaceport Colorado’s Launch Site Operator License at Front Range Airport in Adams County, and the county expects to have a license determination from the FAA by Aug. 19.
Once licensed, Spaceport Colorado’s plans feature a horizontal launch facility to be a hub for commercial space transportation, research, and development as part of a global suborbital transportation network. Future suborbital flights will reduce flight times and make destinations such as Europe, Asia, and South America more accessible from Colorado.
“The FAA review is a significant step in the development of Spaceport Colorado and is a testament to the tireless dedication of Airport Director Dave Ruppel and the board in navigating our path to the first spaceport in the state,” said Mary Hodge, chair of the Adams County Board of Commissioners.
Located southeast of Denver International Airport and convenient to Interstate 70, Spaceport Colorado offers hundreds of acres of development opportunities just 40 minutes from downtown Denver.
“Adams County is perfectly positioned geographically and economically to be a leader in the aerospace sector,” said Ruppel. “The FAA review moves us a step closer to having a licensed suborbital facility, and that will attract to the county new and well-paying jobs in aerospace and related industries.”
Spaceport Colorado will accommodate planes making horizontal takeoffs and landings. These planes take off like traditional airplanes using jet fuel, but after clearing the spaceport, rocket boosters launch the craft into suborbital flight. To land, the craft drops out of suborbital flight to land like a traditional airplane. For more information, visit Front Range Airport.