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Houston Spaceport Groundbreaking, First Company Tenant Expected Within Weeks

Groundbreaking for Phase 1 of the Houston Spaceport development at Ellington Airport is scheduled for June 28.

Arturo Machuca, general manager of Ellington Airport and the Houston Spaceport, stands in front of a blueprint of Phase 1 of spaceport construction at Ellington.

The Houston Airport System received a commercial spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration on June 30, 2015.

The groundbreaking for the first phase of infrastructure construction is scheduled for almost exactly four years later, on June 28.

The Houston City Council last October approved $18.8 million to build streets and water and electricity infrastructure on the southeast side of Ellington Airport.

Completion is expected in May 2020, Arturo Machuca, general manager for Ellington and the Houston Spaceport, told News 88.7.  

And, he said, there’s more good news for the project.

“I am pretty hopeful that also we are within weeks from making a large announcement connected to a company that will be serving as our anchor tenant,” Machuca said.

The vision is for commercial space companies to have aircraft take off from the Houston Spaceport and fly into space over the Gulf of Mexico.

Click on the audio above to listen to the interview with Machuca.

You can read a presentation about Houston Spaceport here:

 

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

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Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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