|[December 23, 2013]
JAA, Generation Orbit Sign First Agreement at Cecil Spaceport
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) has signed its first tenant
agreement at Cecil Spaceport with Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc.
Atlanta-based GO will utilize Cecil's hangar space, its 12,500-foot
runway and the safe flight paths that have already been coordinated with
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), among other things, to
support its commercial flight and horizontal launch program.
GO plans to develop a suborbital space launch platform to conduct
microgravity and hypersonic research (GOLauncher 1) and later, a
dedicated orbital launch platform for nano and micro satellites
(GOLauncher 2). Test flights are expected to begin at Cecil as early as
2014, with operational launches forecast to begin in 2015 and 2016.
"This is a major development for JAA and Cecil Spaceport, but also for
the commercial space industry as a whole," said Todd Lindner, JAA's
senior manager of aviation planning and spaceport development.
"Generation Orbit's GOLauncher program and others like it prove that the
commercial space business is viable and growing. And this agreement
demonstrates that Cecil Spaceport is an ideal location for such
horizontal launch endeavors."
As part of the memorandum of understanding signed on December 18, 2013,
JAA will make available to GO at a mutually negotiated rate, hangar
space and payload integration facilities, rocket storage facilities,
office space for GO crew and staff, range equipment and launch command
and control facilities and equipment. Additionally, GO will have access
to runway facilities, rocket test areas, coordination with FAA range
authorities and air traffic control.
The agreement between JAA and GO is for an initial period of two years,
with the option to renew for three, one-year terms.
"Cecil Spaceport is a great match for our company's need for a
horizontal launch facility," said Generation Orbit's CEO Dr. John Olds.
"GOLauncher is a dedicated nanosatellite launch vehicle that uses a
Gulfstream business jet as the carrier aircraft. Our system's small size
makes Cecil an excellent choice for our concept of operations. The staff
at Cecil and at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority have been a pleasure
to work with during these negotiations, and we will be proud to have our
company's first launch operations conducted there."
Matching a $1.8 million grant from the Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT), Space Florida and FAA received earlier this year,
JAA intends to make additional investments to support space launch
systems like GO in the next two years.
"The JAA spaceport team has worked tirelessly to position Cecil as a
leading site for the commercial space industry and we're very proud of
the result and the partnership with Generation Orbit," said JAA
Executive Director and CEO Steve Grossman. "We wholeheartedly believe
that this new and growing industry will attract related businesses to
Northeast Florida, which makes working with Space Florida even more
important as we showcase all that this area has to offer."
For more information about JAA, visit www.flyjacksonville.com.
About Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc.: Generation Orbit
serves micro and nano satellite developers struggling to find dedicated
and cost-effective space access by offering fast, flexible and dedicated
primary launch manifesting through GOLauncher, an air-launched space
transportation system specifically designed for small payloads. For more
information, please visit: www.generationorbit.com
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority operates Jacksonville
International Airport (JAX) and the city's three general aviation
airports - Cecil Airport, Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport
(JAXEX) and Herlong Recreational Airport. The Authority, funded through
user fees and not local taxes, generates over $2.9 billion annually to
the local economy. For more information about the Jacksonville Aviation
Authority's airports, please visit www.flyjacksonville.com.
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