We are helping pave the way to future space travel in Colorado and beyond. Our feasibility studies for the new Spaceport Colorado will assist the Front Range Airport obtain its FAA-approved spaceport license and help define what a 21st-century commercial spaceport travel and technology center should be. They will determine the logistics needed to operate a commercial spaceport, such as requirements for sub-orbital space vehicles, propellant storage, launch and landing, and other operational details.
An important part of our work included facilitating discussions—and ultimately a signed memorandum—between the State of Colorado, the Spaceport and Swiss Space Systems (S3), an aerospace company that designs and engineers suborbital launch systems, to formalize a collaborative relationship to advance the spaceport's long-term development and licensing plans. By designating Colorado as a location for S3's transformative expansion within the United States, the state is positioned to remain a global aerospace competitor and retain the roughly $8.7 billion the aerospace industry contributes to the state's economy.
A group of subject matter experts collaborated on the Spaceport project, including HDR's team of consultants: Allan Lockheed & Associates, Cardno TEC, Economic Strategies LLC, Luis Vidal + Architects (LVa), Mojave Air & Space Port, and Silverwing Enterprises. The design concept is by HDR in association with LVa.