FAA grants Spaceport Colorado operator license
DENVER (AP) — Federal regulators have granted Spaceport Colorado its operator license, making it the 11th facility in the country that could one day accommodate next-generation space vehicles.
Adams County spokesman Jim Siedlecki tells The Denver Post the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval came through Friday.
But its potential users are lagging behind the infrastructure being built to accommodate their vehicles. They all are working on prototypes or test vehicles that have not yet been certified for flight.
Dave Ruppel, director of Front Range Airport, where Spaceport Colorado is housed, says it will be at least five years before one of those vehicles will take off. Still, he says it’s a “tremendous feeling” to get FAA approval.
Spaceport Colorado won’t accommodate vertical launches, but rather space planes that take off like a normal jet and then engage rockets.
Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com