According to a recent article in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) publication, Mechanical Engineering, Ellington Airport in Texas will be reborn as Spaceport Houston in the next few years. The article explains that while analyzing what type of launch vehicles the spaceport can accommodate is a priority, an even larger initiative for achieving spaceport status and launching vehicles is licensing.
“Historically, it’s taken between three to five years to get the License to Operate a Launch Site, or LSO,” said RS&H’s Brian Gulliver, deputy service leader for spaceport planning.
But, the industry is looking to reduce that time to 12 to 18 months, including the six months it takes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to review an application. The FAA issues the license for research, development, and exploration.
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