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North Carolina Looks to Attract Space Tourism Companies

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
November 16, 2009
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Commercial spaceports eyed for eastern N.C.
The Virginian-Pilot

A new aviation business park and long, isolated runways in eastern North Carolina could be keys to attracting commercial space-travel companies here, according to experts who attended a forum Thursday at Elizabeth City State University.

Leaders in the industry spoke during the daylong NewSpace Commerce Forum, including Jeff Greason, CEO of XCor Aerospace in California; Robert Richards, CEO of Odyssey Moon Ltd.; and Jeff Krukin, a consultant in the field who helped organize the forum.

It was the first forum of its kind in North Carolina, Krukin said Friday.

“The opportunities now are better than they have ever been in North Carolina,” he said in an interview.

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