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Leaders tout proposed spaceport

Sept. 4, 2013 at 11 p.m.

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston is working to solidify its place in the commercial space race with an ongoing effort to build the nation's latest spaceport.

The city is currently working to apply for a federal license to run a spaceport. Houston's proposed facility would be located at Ellington Airport, the current home to the Houston area's military and NASA flights.

On Wednesday, officials with the city's airport system unveiled drawings and three-dimensional graphics depicting various facets of the proposed spaceport, including a passenger terminal building and an aviation museum.

Airport system officials say their plans for a spaceport include accommodating reusable launch vehicles, space vehicle assembly, launching of micro-satellites and space tourism.

There are now eight licensed spaceports in the country with eight other locations, including Houston, in various stages of development.



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