Unlike an airport or an airport-turned-spaceport, our strategic value proposition to the commercial space industry is our proximity to and close working relationship with U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range and 6,000 square miles of protected airspace. Our remote and secure location provides aerospace companies a certain level of privacy much needed to protect their proprietary technologies. These attributes, paired with our extensive space launch experience, make Spaceport America a major player within the evolving commercial space industry.
As founding members of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the commercial space industry association with over 70 leading members in the industry, the Spaceport America team has been instrumental in shaping the future of commercial spaceflight law and regulation. Spaceflight and flight testing are very different business models than running an airport and our customers and our colleagues in the commercial space industry know this.