The Houston Airport System unveiled conceptual renderings of a possible Spaceport as part of its vision for the future of Ellington Airport (EFD) in September 2013.
Ellington Airport is the third major airport in the Houston area after George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport.
The designs and drawings show elements of the project including a terminal facility, an aviation museum as well as accompanying aerospace industries that are expected to establish a presence if Houston becomes the ninth licensed Spaceport in the United States.
The launches proposed for Ellington Airport involve Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV’s) executing horizontal launches – the same as aircraft – instead of the traditional vertical take-offs.
The Spaceport plans were unveiled as Houston prepares to host the 2013 annual meeting of the Commercial Space Federation, an association of more than 40 firms in the commercial space industry.
The Houston City Council has overwhelming supported the pursuit of Spaceport licensing at Ellington Airport.