On August 17, 2018, the Colorado Air and Space Port announced the Federal Aviation Administration approved its site operator license, a major step forward in establishing a spaceport in Adams County.
Colorado Air and Space Port will serve as America's hub for commercial space transportation, research, and development. Horizontal launch facilities like Colorado Air and Space Port are developing around the world and have the potential to become the foundation for a global suborbital transportation network.
Located one mile closer to space, Colorado's aerospace companies, educational institutions, and state leadership are growing aerospace talent and capabilities as the state's aerospace industry continues to expand. Colorado's aerospace industry contributes significantly to the state's economic output and includes 180 aerospace companies and more than 500 suppliers and companies providing space-related products and services. Colorado's aerospace industry employs 55,430 workers and supports an additional 135,450 workers in other industries. Eight of the nation's leading aerospace contractors are headquartered in Colorado, along with major U.S. Department of Defense facilities, NASA research and development activities, and top-ranked universities for aerospace. In fact, Colorado ranked third in the nation in NASA prime contract awards totaling $1.8 billion in 2016. By leveraging this experience and expertise in the aerospace sector, Colorado is well-positioned to play a key role in the continued development of private commercial space transportation.