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Could Ellington Field Someday Serve As a Spaceport?

Another proposed future transportation project would allow travelers to leave Houston…vertically. Houston Airport System officials say they’re going to turn Ellington Airport into a spaceport. Officials say they the spaceport could be up and running as early as 2017, which means sending passengers into space from Houston may not be too far off. HAS is […]

Another proposed future transportation project would allow travelers to leave Houston…vertically. Houston Airport System officials say they’re going to turn Ellington Airport into a spaceport.

Officials say they the spaceport could be up and running as early as 2017, which means sending passengers into space from Houston may not be too far off. HAS is collaborating with local universities, including Rice, to connect students with the aerospace industry.

We discuss the project, what’s feasible between now and 2017, and what it might mean for Space City to, once again, be the launching pad for aerospace.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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