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Space Force studies idea of national spaceport authority

Space Force studies idea of national spaceport authority

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ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Space Force is studying the possibility of merging management of dozens of launch sites in Florida and California under a new operator to keep pace with the growing commercial space industry. "A future spaceport authority would ideally be able to address the needs of all consumers to include national security and civil customers," said Space Force Maj. Nicholas Mercurio, public affairs adviser to chief of space operations Gen. Jay Raymond. Advertisement Reorganizing launch site management would help NASA, the military and private space companies like Elon Musk's SpaceX launch more frequently and with less bureaucratic delay. Creating such a management organization would aid the growth of a space economy, which many banks believe will exceed $ 1 tril...
Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

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A remote, boggy stretch of land on the north coast of Scotland is likely to become the UK's first spaceport. The A'Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland has been chosen as the most suitable place from which to launch rockets vertically to put satellites in orbit. The UK Space Agency is giving Highlands and Islands Enterprise £2.5m towards the development of the facility. HIE will work closely with a consortium that includes the American aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. The goal would be to have launches as early as possible in the 2020s. Small rockets herald new wave UK satellite makes HD movies of Earth "The decision to support the UK's first spaceport in Sutherland is tremendous news for our region and for Scotland as a whole," ...