Spaceport Oklahoma Licensed by FAA

Press Release From: Oklahoma Spaceport Authority
Posted: Monday, October 15, 2001

(Oklahoma City) What may be the most important agreement in Western Oklahoma's history will be signed during a special ceremony Tuesday (16th) during the City Council Meeting in Clinton at 5:30, at City Hall.

Four months of hard work has produced the document that makes it possible to proceed with the licensing by the Federal Aviation Administration of Spaceport Oklahoma, formerly known as "Clinton-Sherman Industrial Air Park". General Jay Edwards, Executive Director of the first inland Spaceport in the U.S., Bob Triplette Chairman of the Agency, Mayor of Clinton Don Rodolph and Gary Gorshing Executive Director of Southwest Oklahoma Development Authority will be there to sign the document, accompanied by several members of the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority (OSIDA) who approved the three-way agreement during their regular meeting Wednesday. Senator Gilmer Capps, Bill Kerr, Representatives Jack Bonny and James Covey and others are invited.

This agreement is between the Southwest Oklahoma Development Authority, the City of Clinton and OSIDA. With this signing, the focus of the facility called "spectacular" because of its runway and location, is space-related companies for operation in the State. The signing ceremony is open to the public.

Following the signing, the Authority, at their next meeting, is expected to sub-lease space on Spaceport Oklahoma to Space Adventures, Pioneer Rocketplanes and Space Development. These three companies have different missions but are working together to bring manufacturing, tourism and more to the Western Oklahoma location. Other companies are requesting contracts as well.

Aerospace is Oklahoma's number one industry, larger than agriculture and oil/gas combined. This signing ceremony means even more aerospace business for Oklahoma and a unique position for space company operations away from the east or west coast.

Contact: Gen. Jay Edwards, Director or Joe Tilton, Marketing/PR 405-842-7115 / 580-486-3810

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