Front Range Airport gets grant for spaceport feasibility study

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DENVER | Front Range Airport, on the Aurora border, has been awarded a $200,000 matching grant to analyze the feasibility of designating the facility as a spaceport.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced the grant Tuesday.

The airport is about six miles southeast of Denver International Airport, is seeking FAA designation as a spaceport, where private companies could launch rockets or space planes with an FAA license.

The FAA also announced a $250,000 matching grant to Hawaii for a similar study and a nearly $24,000 grant to an existing spaceport in California to buy a firefighting system.