The present and fu­ture of space­ports

With the rise of space tourism and com­mer­cial space­flight, space­ports are pop­ping up all over the globe

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1 SpaceX South Texas Launch Site, United States

Also known as the Boca Chica Launch Site, SpaceX has had great sup­port from the Texas state govern­ment and will con­tinue with the con­struc­tion of the space­port and ap­ply for an FAA li­cense upon com­ple­tion.

Space­port Swe­den, Kiruna

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Ac­tive in the de­vel­op­ment of com­mer­cial manned space­flight since 2005, Swe­den’s con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mer­cial space in­dus­try is its Space­port Swe­den, lo­cated in Kiruna in the Arc­tic Cir­cle, which will hope­fully ac­com­mo­date Vir­gin Galac­tic.

Baikonur Cos­mod­rome, Kaza­khstan

3 Blue Ori­gin West Texas Launch Site, United States

As New Shep­ard con­tin­ues to climb to new heights, Blue Ori­gin will use its FAA-li­censed launch site in the West Texas plains to con­tinue to test and im­prove the world’s first fully re­us­able ver­ti­cally launched space ve­hi­cle.

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This Rus­sian-leased space­port has been launch­ing as­tro­nauts and tourists for decades now, be­ing the launch site used to send as­tro­nauts to the ISS. Roscos­mos will con­tinue to launch from this space­port in the fore­see­able fu­ture.

5 Space­port Amer­ica, New Mex­ico, United States

The world’s first space­port built for purely com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions is the new home of Vir­gin Galac­tic, who has re­cently an­nounced its ‘Gate­way to Space’, a beau­ti­ful com­mu­nal area cus­tomers will

use prior to their space­flight.

6 Hawaii Air and Space Port

Hawaii is look­ing to im­prove its eco­nomic di­ver­sity by in­tro­duc­ing a space­port at Kona In­ter­na­tional Air­port, and it may in­tro­duce sub­or­bital point-to-point flights to the main­land United States that will shorten jour­ney times for is­land com­muters.

7 Space­port Corn­wall, United King­dom

Space­port Corn­wall will ac­com­mo­date hor­i­zon­tal launches. It will start with Vir­gin Galac­tic’s sis­ter com­pany Vir­gin Or­bit launch­ing small satel­lites. How­ever, it will have great fa­cil­i­ties to

ac­com­mo­date space tourism ad­ven­tures.

8 Por­tu­gal Space, Santa Maria

Por­tu­gal looks to crown its newly formed na­tional space agency with the coun­try’s first space­port in the Azores, which may po­ten­tially be let out to space tourism com­pa­nies such as Vir­gin Galac­tic and Sierra Ne­vada.

9 Al Ain Air­port, United Arab Emi­rates

The UAE Space Agency has big plans for space ex­plo­ration

and space tourism in the com­ing years, and it will be look­ing to use Al Ain Air­port in a part­ner­ship with Vir­gin

Galac­tic to per­form space­flights.

10 Arn­hem Space Cen­tre, Aus­tralia

Equatorial Launch Aus­tralia (ELA) is look­ing to build and op­er­ate Aus­tralia’s first com­mer­cial space­port in the north­ern re­gion of the coun­try. This will al­low or­bital and sub­or­bital ac­cess to space for the coun­try.

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