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Permian Basin One Step Closer To Having Space Port

Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - "It's exciting times for Midland, I'm excited that we're finally in that last stage to get us where we need to be. And this is only going to be a plus for the City of Midland and for Midland International Airport," said Midland City Councilman for District 4 J. Ross Lacy, who is also a director for the Midland Space Port Development Corporation.
Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - "It's exciting times for Midland, I'm excited that we're finally in that last stage to get us where we need to be. And this is only going to be a plus for the City of Midland and for Midland International Airport," said Midland City Councilman for District 4 J. Ross Lacy, who is also a director for the Midland Space Port Development Corporation.

The first draft of the environmental assessment for the Midland International Air and Space Port is now complete.

And it's bringing the city of midland one step closer to obtaining a space port license.

"This is a new industry. And it's a new industry not just to Midland but it's also a new industry nationwide," said Marve Esterly, director of airports for the City of Midland.

The public meeting Tuesday evening allowed residents to comment on the proposed space port's environmental affects which can include noise and sonic booms.

A 30-day comment period is now open allowing residents to continue to voice their thoughts.

"It's something new that Midland International along with the leadership under Marve, we're actually writing the manual on how to do this at an international airport," Lacy said.

According to Lacy it's taken almost two years to get to this point.

He says XCOR will now be relocating from California to West Texas.

"They can't move out here until we have the license and the FAA allows us to start testing and once that happens then they are able to move everything out here and then make Midland their home," Lacy said.

But that doesn't mean work isn't already underway.

"XCOR is actually here and has employees currently in Midland," Esterly said.

"We're bringing high quality jobs into this area for engineers and for scientists that are really going to move us and diversity our economy and also make Midland International a more vibrant airport," Lacy said.

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