Tag Archives: Private Space Industry

Blue Origin Reaches Space, Safely Returns Craft and Rocket in Second Test Flight

The space company owned by billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos launched its second-ever test flight of its “New Shephard” spacecraft from its secretive facility north of Van Horn Monday morning. Marfa Public Radio received reports on a “loud boom” heard across … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Space Company Launches 1st Test Flight from West Texas

Blue Origin, the private space company founded by billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, launched the first test flight of its New Shepard space craft on Wednesday from the company’s secretive West Texas test site about 40 miles north of Van Horn. In … Continue reading

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Midland Airport Gets the Go-Ahead to Launch Space Flights

On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration approved a spaceport license application for the Midland International Airport (MAF), making the airport the first of its kind to be federally-licensed for commercial air and space flights. “We are the 9th spaceport in the … Continue reading

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Can the Private Space Industry Stabilize a Boom-and-Bust Economy?

By early next year, alongside the sound of jets landing at the Midland International Airport, you might also hear sonic booms from space flights re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. This month, the private space company XCOR broke ground at the airport, … Continue reading

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Oil Boom? Try Sonic Boom: Private Space Company Set to Break Ground in Midland

This week the governor’s office announced a $2.3 million incentives package for Space X, a private space company looking to build a rocket launch site in Cameron County near Brownsville. The president of another space company looking to move to Midland says … Continue reading

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