HOUSTON, TX- Houston could be enhancing its nickname, "Space City," once again!! The city has obtained a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration, making it the 10th federally designated spaceport. With it, Houston has the chance to yet again capture a piece of the emerging space tourism industry.
The new license would allow Ellington Field to launch micro-satellites, do some spacecraft manufacturing and host astronaut training, as well as zero-gravity experimentation, but it doesn't come cheap.
A feasibility study conducted by the system found it would cost $48 to $122 million to equip Ellington for landing and launching some small space vehicles on a regular basis.
Wings up Houston, this news is out of this world!