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Spaceport Colorado wins FAA license

Spaceport Colorado
A rendering of the proposed Spaceport Colorado at Front Range Airport in Adams County. (Spaceport Colorado Illustration)

Colorado’s Front Range Airport is getting a new name — the Colorado Air and Space Port — thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of a spaceport license. The facility, six miles southeast of Denver International Airport in Adams County, won’t be used for vertical rocket launches. Instead, it’s approved for horizontal takeoff-and-launch operations like the procedures planned by British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch venture.

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By Alan Boyle

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