• Erik Seedhouse
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


If you’re planning on flying XCOR in the next few years, then you’ll either be driving or flying to Midland, site of Midland International Airport, also known as Midland International Air and Space Port. The announcement that XCOR would be relocating their commercial space development center to Midland was made in July 2012, but it took some time for that plan to come to fruition because the airport had to wait for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to grant them a spaceport license. Like so many applications to federal government entities, the spaceport paperwork was complicated because the applicant – Midland International Airport in this case – had to comply with the many, many requirements described in an 88-page document entitled 14 CFR Parts 401, 417, and 420 Licensing and Safety Requirements for Operation of a Launch Site; Rule. Among the requirements was the submission of an environmental assessment plan identifying flight corridors for the spacecraft that would be operating from the runways, developing a plan for handling propellants, another plan to deal with accidents, and myriad airspace plans certification checklists. To give you an idea of just how involved the process was, consider the case of the lesser prairie chicken (Figure 5.1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik Seedhouse
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  1. 1.Commercial Space OperationsEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityDaytona BeachUSA

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