Ellington Field could have an international spaceport.
We are used to seeing vertical takeoffs for space flights but that could change in future.
The director of aviation for the Houston Airport System, Mario Diaz has proposed turning Ellington Field into a spaceport for international travel, not just space tourism.
Diaz states “Licensing will probably take between 15 to 18 months. The community will need to be informed. We'll be going through an environmental impact statement and study.”
The license application has already been submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft would travel at speeds of Mach 3 or 4 between 80 and 100 thousand feet above the earth, or as Diaz described it “skimming along the top of the world”.
Essentially, the license will permit the airport to host commercial space travel. Pending license approval, spacecraft would not be permitted to takeoff vertically, but would instead head out over the Gulf of Mexico then climb to the edge of space.
Last year, the Midland International Airport in Texas announced plans for a spaceport. President and CEO Jeff Greason claimed to have begun the licensing process and stated “We wouldn’t be here if we anticipated any difficulty.”