Monday, January 29, 2007
Ohio Nears Deal with PlanetSpace
Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria and Geoff Sheerin of the NewSpace firm PlanetSpace are nearing a deal with Ohio state and local officials to build a spaceport at the Rickenbacker Airport just south of Columbus on U.S. 23, The Columbus Dispatch disclosed Sunday.
The much wondered about PlanetSpace plan is to launch closer to the Great Lakes region as their rocket boosters would require a water landing and recovery. The space firm has discussed launching their space shuttle-like glider with Camp Perry officials near Port Clinton, on the shores of Lake Erie and landing at the proposed Rickenbacker Spaceport.
PlanetSpace indicates 500 jobs will be created in three years with an investment of over $110-million. Ohio economic development officials have not indicated the level of incentives being provided to seek to close the deal with PlanetSpace.