Tuesday November 27, 2012 0 comments
DENVER - Front Range Airport is ready to launch its bid for spaceport licensing with full funding commitments from its strategic partners, according to Spaceport Colorado.
Dennis Heap, Front Range Airport executive director, said the Colorado Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics approved a grant request for $275,000, which was the last commitment needed to match a $200,000 grant received in September from the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation.
Other commitments include $50,000 from DIA, $25,000 from the City of Aurora, $5,000 from the I-70 Regional Economic Advancement Partnership, $5,000 from the Town of Bennett and $300,000 from Adams County.
"The commitments are more than just money," Heap said. "They are an expression of partnership for the concept of Spaceport Colorado."
Next steps are the issuance of an RFP for spaceport consultants and final selection before the end of the year. The consultants and Front Range Airport will then begin a six-month process of conducting technical, financial and feasibility studies.
Also needed is a detailed business plan, a facilities analysis and an environmental assessment and risk analysis for the spaceport and flight corridors.
The data will be used to prepare the spaceport license application, with the goal of receiving a license for a horizontal launch and recovery before the end of 2013.
Front Range Airport said it has the tallest general aviation air traffic control tower in the nation and has 20 acres of shovel-ready sites with sufficient utilities to support a 10-15-year build-out for aerospace facilities.