If you thought trying to get app-based transportation approved here in Houston was tough, it'll be interesting to see how smoothly it goes developing a plan for commercial space flight.
Space travel is higher on the list, we think, especially since a project --- a planned public-private partnership, according to an airport official -- appears to be moving in the right direction. Last week the city signed a letter of intent with a Nevada-based spaceflight company, Sierra Nevada Corporation. The proposal, which will examine the potential of a partnership with the Houston spaceport, could lead to commercial flights using the company's Dream Chaser spacecraft.
The city's Houston Airport System has been working for several years on this idea of an airport dedicated partly to space travel. It would be based at Ellington Airport, the third and least commercially used airport in the system, which includes William P. Hobby Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
"We could be doing micro satellite deployment, zero gravity experiments, space tourism, vehicle assembly; the vision is to become a focal point of aerospace aviation," Arturo Machuca, manager for the spaceport project, said.
The plan, at least as airport officials and commercial space companies see it, is to put Houston back on the solar map for space innovation. But we're not there yet.More »