PREPARING FOR TAKEOFF: Countdown to Spaceport Colorado launch inches closer, still miles away

Posted: August 5, 2019

Director of the Colorado Air and Space Port, Dave Ruppel, shows slides of the future site of the Air and Space Port, July 30 at Wings Over The Rockies Museum.

Photo by Philip B. Poston/Sentinel Colorado

Colorado’s aerospace industry is like an engine, and it’s hot.

That’s how Adams County Commissioner Steve O’dorisio likens the momentum of interest in the state a year after the designation of SpacePort Colorado at the Front Range Airport in Watkins, just outside of Aurora.

O’Dorisio, like many other state and local government officials, say Colorado’s Front Range is now uniquely positioned to attract international business to the state because of the facility, which boasts that “the first mile is free.” Mile high area. Get it?

That’s one reason why Shuji Ogawa, founder of Japanese-based PD Aerospace, is excited to work with SpacePort Colorado.

PD Aerospace signed a letter of intent in April saying that it would “explore future usage of Colorado Air and Space Port, with both parties expressing willingness to cooperate, and shall become (the) basis for a deeper relation in the future.” The company is looking to develop a fully reusable ballistic spaceplane.


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