Spaceports

U.S. spaceports are launch and reentry sites that play a critical role in the growing global commercial space transportation industry. Through the 2018 FAA Authorization Act, Congress mandated that FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation establish the Office of Spaceports as a centralized policy office. The Office of Spaceports supports licensing activities for operating launch and reentry sites; develops policies that promote infrastructure improvements at spaceports; provides technical assistance and guidance to spaceports; and promotes U.S. spaceports. The Office of Spaceports is also responsible for strengthening the Nation's competitiveness in commercial space transportation infrastructure and increasing resilience for the federal government and commercial customers.

The Office of Spaceports’ mission is to enable the safest, most efficient network of launch and reentry spaceports in the world. Our vision is to advance a robust, innovative national system of spaceports supporting the U.S. as a global leader in the commercial space transportation industry.

The three following strategic goals will enable the Office of Spaceports to fulfil our mission and vision:

  1. Maintain the competitiveness of U.S. commercial space transportation infrastructure and launch services. Encourage innovation and strategic partnerships for future spaceport planning and development.
  2. Modernize U.S. launch and reentry site regulations to promote increased public safety for the growing commercial space transportation industry.
  3. Collaborate with countries developing launch or reentry sites to encourage adopting U.S. commercial space transportation safety regulations and best practices during launch and reentry activities to strengthen our role as a global leader in the commercial space transportation industry.

National Spaceport Intergovernmental Working Group (NSIWG)

Our nation’s welfare depends on our ability to access space, and the freedom to operate and explore beyond Earth. Regular access to space has been made possible through a rapidly growing space industry, supported by a number of federal launch ranges, state-owned spaceports, and privately-owned launch sites. 

Recognizing the importance of space for U.S. economic strength and national security, there is a need for a comprehensive national spaceport strategy to both maximize our space transportation capabilities and ensure our network’s resiliency. Building this strategy requires a dedicated team of experts representing multiple federal government agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Space Force, and NASA; state governments; industry; and academia. 

The FAA is leading a federal government working group to develop a national spaceport strategy that leverages the full network of domestic spaceports to benefit the space transportation industry and the nation as a whole. The strategy will consist of three primary areas of interest:

  • promote innovation and investment in spaceport infrastructure;
  • establish consistency in operations and standards at the nation’s spaceports; and
  • promote cooperation and partnerships between federal and commercial spaceports.

Charter for the National Spaceport Interagency Working Group

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U.S. Spaceports

Pacific Spaceport Complex Vandenberg Space Force Base Mojave Air & Space Port Colorado Air & Space Port Oklahoma Spaceport Spaceport America Midland International Air & Space Port Launch Site One - Blue Origin Boca Chica - SpaceX Houston Spaceport Huntsville Reentry Site Spaceport Camden Cecil Spaceport Space Florida Launch and Landing Facility Space Coast Regional Airport Space Florida Launch Complex 46 Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Kennedy Space Center Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Wallops Flight Facility

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Additional Spaceport Detail by State

Contact

Pam Underwood
Director, Office of Spaceports

Last updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2022