FAA Approves Colorado Air And Space Facility

A potential future layout of the Colorado Air and Space Port (Photo: Colorado Air and Space Port)

DENVER — Colorado Air and Space Port has been approved for a site operator license by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), making it only the 11th such license granted in the U.S. This spaceport will serve as the hub for commercial space transportation, research and development in the U.S. and will house vehicles making horizontal takeoffs and landings.

This spaceport will provide a boost in the state’s economy by keeping nearly 200,000 jobs as well as creating new employment opportunities.

“This license supports the rapid pace of innovation of Colorado-based companies while inviting new investment to grow these 21st-century jobs throughout the state,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Colorado welcomes the chance to write the next chapter in our country’s space history.”

The 3,200-acre site is located at the former Front Range Airport just 30 minutes east of downtown Denver and is surrounded by 7,000 acres of privately-owned industrial property.

“There are huge commercial development opportunities both on-site and in the surrounding area,” said Adams County Manager Raymond H. Gonzales. “When combined with other developments planned for the area, this part of Adams County is poised to become a major international commercial hub.”

Members of Colorado’s Congressional delegation have been supportive throughout the process.

“Today’s long-awaited decision marks an important step forward for Adams County and the entire state of Colorado. Spaceport Colorado will leverage Colorado’s leadership in aerospace and space exploration, our well-educated workforce and our excellent higher learning institutions to attract new businesses and continue pushing the boundaries on what we can learn and accomplish in space,” said Congressman Ed Perlmutter. “This spaceport designation brings with it many exciting opportunities, and I look forward to Colorado’s continued engagement in the growing commercial space industry.”

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