Hancock Seeks Spaceport License

Courtesy of Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission

The spaceport license application will establish regions over the Gulf of Mexico where launches could be conducted safely.

The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission (HCPHC) has decided to go ahead and seek a spaceport license. HCPHC commissioned RS&H Inc., which previously did a feasibility study, to complete an application for Stennis International Airport (HSA) to obtain a Launch Site Operator License.

The license application, to be filed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation, would enable horizontally launched reusable launch vehicles to operate out of HSA and could open the door to commercial space flight out of the airport. The FAA has developed regulations that enable airports to host operations of reusable launch vehicles that take off and land like aircraft. Several kinds of such vehicles are currently under development.

The license application will establish regions over the Gulf of Mexico where the launches could be conducted safely and ensure the airport has the infrastructure required to support those launch operations.