Saturday, October 14, 2006
Validating a Viable Spaceport
The Virginia-based Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport was featured in a story published in the Virginian-Pilot Friday noting the decade-long effort by business and government officials to tout the site for commercial lauch activities. The first is set Monday, December 11 with three more orbital launch attempts in 2007.
Dr. Billie Reed, the Executive Director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority was quoted as saying, "This validates us as a viable spaceport. Having an orbital launch to your credit makes you real."
Jon Glass, writing for the Virginian-Pilot, noted that "the spaceport plans to use the upcoming launches as a sales pitch to lure more customers, showing that it can rapidly ramp up for launches at a small fraction of the cost charged by competitors."