MDC Chairman Brent Hilliard revealed that RS&H would be exploring a novel use for the landlocked spaceport.
“As the spaceport grows — whether it’s designing rocket engine test stands as we look at vertical launch facilities, as we look at how that all blends in with our airport and what it’s going to look like down the road — we felt like we needed to have someone who has been there and done it,” he said.
You read that correctly: vertical-launch facilities. MDC is interested in adding traditional rocket launches to Midland’s space industry offerings.
“We’ve looked at a trajectory that would work over the state of Texas that would get it out over the ocean,” Hilliard said.
The idea is in the initial conception stages, and MDC doesn’t know where such launches would, or even could, take place, but “that’s why we’re hiring an engineering firm.”
Yeah, I’m not sure entirely how that would work. Just looking at the map here….
The air distance between Midland and Corpus Christi on the coast is about 400 miles. Not sure what trajectories would actually work.