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U.S. Spaceports

Year: 2016
Country: United States
Three spaceports conducted orbital launch operations from the United States in 2016: Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). CCAFS conducted 82% of the nation’s orbital launch attempts, while VAFB was responsible...
Year: 2015
Country: United States
In the United States and its territories, ##% of the spaceports have active launch site operator licenses granted by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The remaining ##% of U.S. spaceports are either proposed, in development, or government-operated. Of the ## current and future...
Year: 2014
Country: United States
SpaceX, builder of the Falcon 9 space launch vehicle, broke ground in September 2014 for a new spaceport near Brownsville, Texas. While actual building activity is not scheduled until later in 2015, SpaceX plans to launch from the site as early as 2016. Once construction on the site is completed,...
Year: 2013
Country: United States
Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) occupy neighboring sites in the state of Florida, and are responsible for the bulk of U.S. launch activity. KSC is the only U.S. spaceport that currently supports crewed orbital spaceflight and historically has been the launch...
Year: 2012
Country: United States
The United States is home to several spaceports operated by the military or NASA; others are run by public-private partnerships as commercial entities. The largest and most sophisticated U.S. spaceports are the adjacent facilities of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and the USAF’s Cape...
Year: 2011
Country: United States
The Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, is the only spaceport in the United States that currently supports orbital human spaceflight, and it has been dramatically affected by the end of the Space Shuttle Program. As the home of the shuttle, KSC has seen its workforce decrease significantly as the...
Year: 2010
Country: United States
The Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the primary NASA launch facility, is entering a period of fundamental change. The retirement of the shuttle and the end of work on main elements of the Constellation Program, including the Ares I rocket, present an uncertain future for the center and its facilities,...
Year: 2009
Country: United States
Groundbreaking for Spaceport America, located in southern New Mexico on the outskirts of the White Sands Missile Range, took place in June 2009. Construction began on its 3,000-meter (10,000-foot) main runway—on a par with runways at major international airports—and contracts were awarded in...
Year: 2008
Country: United States
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) lies on the Atlantic shore of Florida, almost directly east of Orlando, and adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The spaceport supports a mix of government civil, military, and commercial launches. Primary users of CCAFS include the U.S. Air Force,...
Year: 2007
Country: United States
Oklahoma Spaceport received an FAA license for suborbital flights in June 2006. Blue Origin, founded by Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos, received an experimental permit in 2006 for its West Texas launch site. The first test flight from Blue Origin’s facility was conducted on November 13 of the same...

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