DALLAS – Houston’s Ellington Airport would become the nation’s ninth commercial space flight facility under a proposal outlined Wednesday Sept. 4 by Houston Airport System officials.

The 97-year old former U.S. Air Force base would support horizontally launched reusable vehicles to loft astronauts, space tourists, and small satellites into space. The vehicles would be carried over the Gulf of Mexico by large mother-ship airplanes to begin their 60-mile vertical rocket ascent over open waters.

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