Coffman Rallies Support for Colorado Spaceport

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Washington, DC, March 12, 2014 | comments

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urging support for Colorado's efforts to obtain a spaceport operator license for Front Range Airport.  The letter, which was also signed by Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Representatives Ed Perlmutter, Cory Gardner, Scott Tipton, Diana DeGette, Jared Polis and Doug Lamborn, outlines in detail how Front Range Airport is well-situated to develop as a commercial spaceport in Colorado.

“Aerospace and aviation are significant economic drivers in Colorado…Colorado is well-positioned to play a key role in the continued development of private commercial space transportation,” wrote Coffman in the letter.

FAA approval will allow the airport to further generate interest and attract businesses that specialize in commercial space transportation.  Front Range Airport is one of the largest general aviation airports in the country, and Colorado is home to over 400 space-related companies, which develop everything from satellites to mission-essential software.  This industry currently employs 66,000 highly-skilled workers and generates over $16 billion of annual economic activity.  As such, the effort to establish the nearly 4,000 acres as a spaceport is an issue that has unanimous support in the Colorado Legislature.  However, the economic impact will not be limited to Colorado.

“The approval of Front Range Airport's spaceport operations license has critical economic importance not only to Colorado and to its aerospace industry, but to the larger effort to establish private commercial space transportation across the country,” wrote Coffman.

The letter to the Federal Aviation Administration can be found here.

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