Houston yesterday signed a letter of intent with Sierra Nevada to provide the company a home at that city’s proposed spaceport.

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The competition heats up: Houston yesterday signed a letter of intent with Sierra Nevada to provide the company a home at that city’s proposed spaceport.

The competition here is not from the spaceship company but from the spaceport. Houston is in a race with Colorado and Florida for the launch business. In fact, it appears that a lot of American cities are scrambling to attract the new aerospace launch companies, suggesting that they all see a new industry aborning and want their share.

Another example: The California legislature has passed a ten year tax exemption for spaceflight companies.


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  • Steve C

    Colorado? So its OK to dump the flubs, stages and other trash on flyover country?. Hey, its just a bunch of Red Staters but they may drop a rocket on a wind farm.

  • Tom Billings

    On LinkedIn’s space groups we have someone called Thomas Stagliano, who keeps saying that winged spaceships cannot fly the last bit of their return over populated areas, because they are not and cannot be type certificated, so that places like Kennedy Space Center and the Houston site cannot be used by DreamChaser. He also says he thinks that Dragon Rider cannot land on its rockets on land, for the same reason, anywhere East of the Westcoast. He does note that NASA had their own government agency waiver for this with the Shuttle.

    Anybody have an idea whether this is smoke or fire?

  • Kelly Starks

    What exactly is Dream Chaser going to do in Houston? It can’t launch from there, and theres no particular reason to land it there and then fly it to KSC or wherever else the Atlas-V launches from?

  • Kelly Starks

    Smoke. Gliders, and any type of experimental aircraft, have been certified…though given these ships aren’t going to be well tested, flying them over the burbs would be politically very iffy.

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