The consortium has met with local officials and submitted a proposal to the U.K. Space Agency, with a goal of having the facility operational by 2020.
The Georgia House passed the bill Wednesday on a 151–6 vote, after the state senate previously approved the bill.
The company that operates an Alaska launch site is critical of the spaceport’s inclusion in a list of pork-barrel spending released last week by a senator.
The House of Representatives passed a commercial space bill unanimously while the House Science Committee approved a bill addressing astronaut health issues Sept. 21.
Arizona officials approved a plan Jan. 19 to build a new headquarters and launch site for World View, a company developing high-altitude balloons for space tourism and other applications.
A group of local and state agencies in Alabama announced plans June 15 to study the feasibility of hosting landings of Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser vehicle at the Huntsville International Airport.
Spaceport America, the commercial launch site in New Mexico most closely linked to Virgin Galactic, is seeking to diversify its user base beyond launch companies, an effort that has already resulted in one new customer.
The British government March 3 trimmed a list of potential sites for a commercial spaceport to six, although the public corporation that operates two airports on the list says it is not interested in pursuing a spaceport.
A committee in New Mexico’s state legislature deferred, without recommendation, a bill that would require the state to sell its Spaceport America commercial launch facility.
An executive order by the new governor of Alaska halting discretionary spending at the state’s spaceport will not stop its ongoing repairs but could affect other activities there, spaceport officials said.
After the failure of an Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket caused as much as $20 million in damage to a state-owned launch pad, Virginia’s two U.S. senators said they may seek federal funds to cover repair costs.
Spaceport America’s director says she is looking for additional users and revenue streams that will be required to eventually make the facility financially self-sufficient.
Texas State Highway 4 doesn’t end so much as fade away.