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Questions tagged [spaceport]

The facilities necessary to launch a rocket, including launch pad, integration facilities, and other related infrastructure.

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Proposed Canso Spaceport, challenges to commercial viability of a private spaceport?

Maritime Launch Services is proposing to build a spaceport facility to launch Ukrainian built Cyclone 4M rockets from Canso into polar and sun synchronous orbit. Knowing very little about the space ...
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How unreachable are Jupiter's moons from Mars with the technology developed for going to Mars?

Jupiter's moons in their closest point to Mars (when Jupiter is closest to the sun) are like 7 times the distance between Earth and Mars, and in a return journey they will farther away. Is there any ...
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Which are the reasons for wanting to have a colony in Mars first than in the Moon?

As far as I understand, (correct me if I'm wrong) one of the reasons for wanting a colony in Mars is for the possibility in the future of having a space port where rockets could leave the planet ...
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How do international students attend the SA Cup sounding rocket competition?

How do the international students carry the rocket along with propellants to this competition, if Airport Authority does not allow flammable substances?
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Are there any known reasons why there are no spaceports in the European Union?

As far as I know, there are no spaceports in the European Union. Why is it so?
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How large are the advantages to building a Martian spaceport on Olympus Mons? What are the disadvantages?

There are several questions and answers here about a potential advantage to launching from substantially higher altitudes, usually the answers are that while indeed there is some advantage, it is ...
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Why is China's primary launch facility so far north?

Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center is historically China's preeminent spaceport. It's located only about five degrees south of Baikonur Cosmodrome, whose location, I've been led to believe, was selected ...
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What are the major expenses for a small spaceport?

I'm not looking for exact numbers, and I know that it will vary on a case by case basis, but I was thinking about the Kodiak Launch Complex lately: Last Launch: August 25th, 2014 2 Active Pads There ...
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What's required to construct a space port on the Moon or Mars?

It is sometimes suggested that space ports, or at least launch pads, should be constructed on the Moon to support water exports and on Mars to support large scale exploration and settlement. I get the ...
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How are different spaceports restrained in terms of orbits reachable?

Vandenberg and Plesetsk and Satish Dhawan (India) have obviously been used for polar orbits. Palmachim (Israel) launches westward due to political and safety reasons. But what are the constraints on ...
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Graph of spaceport latitude vs mars transfer orbit weight?

I am wondering how much do we lose when launching farther from Earth's equator in the context of reaching Mars? Strict metric might be latitude vs weight on mars transfer orbit for some generic rocket ...
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What is a flame trench?

This answer to a question states that: .... construction left a large pit, now filled with water, that will be used for the Ariane 6 flame trench. What is a flame trench, and what is its ...
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Excluding Russia, has Europe launched a single satellite or spacecraft into Earth's orbit and beyond from its own continent?

I was going through the list of European rocket launch sites on Wikipedia, and I can't find a single reference for an orbited satellite launched from any of them. Honestly, I wasn't even aware of most ...
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Which LV families is Roscosmos hoping to operate from the future Eastern Spaceport?

It seems that Russians and Roscosmos were given a green light, a go ahead to build the Vostochny Cosmodrome, or Eastern Spaceport by 2018. They planned on spending \$1 billion on its construction in ...
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Any chance of seeing a vertical launch of an orbital launch vehicle in UK in the not-too-distant future?

Recently, news hit the press about a possible new launch facility, a spaceport on the territory of the United Kingdom. The article in Daily Mail that I read is however rather vague, and even though it ...
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If China wanted to hush the purpose of a space launch, can it be inferred outside of China?

What I had in mind is that China's territory is rather large and they could place a launch site deep within its territory. Flow of information is tightly controlled as it is with the Great Firewall of ...
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Is there any advantage in launching spacecraft from a high latitude, or why was Plesetsk built so far north?

For launching satellites or other spacecraft, there is a significant advantage in being close to the equator: angular momentum helps in gaining initial speed and one can launch into any inclination. ...