An Arizona spaceport? This group wants to make it happen

Arizona Spaceport Alliance officials suggesting the state should develop a horizontal spaceport similar to what is operated in California by Virgin Galactic, which takes off like a typical airplane. / Jurvetson / Flickr / Phoenix Business Journal

 

Several well-entrenched aerospace companies already operate throughout the state

By Hayley Ringle | Phoenix Business Journal

The Arizona Spaceport Alliance wants the state to be front and center in the space race.

Specifically, the group is raising awareness for the need to build a spaceport in the state to increase the economic development of Arizona’s burgeoning aerospace manufacturing industry.

With 1,200 companies in the industry, from traditional to supply chain, giving out more than $5 billion in payroll annually in Arizona, the two founders of the Scottsdale-based alliance are questioning why the state doesn’t follow in the footsteps of the eight states with a spaceport, such as Texas, Florida and California.

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