FAA gives Colorado $200,000 to study spaceport plan

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Colorado’s vision for a spaceport at Front Range Airport just got a step closer to reality.

The Federal Aviation Administration just gave the state a $200,000 grant for a feasibility study for the spaceport.

Colorado’s application for a spaceport is part of a collaborative public-private, statewide partnership, said Sen. Michael Bennett in a press release announcing the grant. The study is the first step in a process that could land a spaceport in Colorado and transform the state into a hub for commercial space flight.

A spaceport is similar to an airport, but allows travelers to reach their destination by traveling outside Earth’s atmosphere. For example, space travel will cut a trip to Australia from 20 hours to less than five.

“Having a spaceport in Denver will make Colorado a leader in space travel and solidify our reputation as a pioneer in the 21st century innovation economy,” Bennet said. “It will bring jobs to our state and fuel economic development and scientific research.”

The move to bring a spaceport to Colorado includes not only the Denver Metro Area Chamber of Commerce, but the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC.

“A spaceport in Colorado will leverage the deep aerospace, aviation and command and control expertise of companies and public resources in Colorado Springs and give our companies access to the emerging commercial space market.”