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FAA gives OK for Colorado spaceport

Author: 9News - August 19, 2018 - Updated: August 21, 2018

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A test version of the Dream Chaser, a space vehicle under development by the Sierra Nevada Corp.’s space division in Colorado. It’s an example of the horizontal takeoff-and-landing vehicles that might one day use the proposed Spaceport Colorado. (Courtesy NASA)

Adams County will receive the 11th license in the United States to operate a spaceport, according to an announcement Friday.

The license is for Front Range Airport, where “Spaceport Colorado” has been proposed. The general aviation and air cargo airport is located several miles southeast of Denver International Airport in the town of Watkins.

The Federal Aviation Administration granted the county the license after a 180-day review period. This designation would allow vehicles to make horizontal takeoffs and landings at the site.

Space companies will have to apply for licenses to actually use the spaceport, and then the spacecraft that take off from there would also have to receive a license.

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