space·​port | \ ˈspās-ˌpȯrt \

Definition of spaceport

: an installation for testing and launching spacecraft

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This license creates a major competitor in the spaceport world. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Cape Canaveral Can Now Launch Commercial Spaceplanes," 9 Nov. 2018 Earlier this month, Virgin Galactic LLC, entrepreneur Richard Branson’s U.S. space-tourism startup, announced plans to build a new spaceport in Italy. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "As Farnborough Airshow Opens, Space Agencies Put Collaboration on Display," 16 July 2018 In theory, the U.S. could eventually create a network of prepositioned supplies at spaceports, ready for quick packaging into a spacecraft. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Actually Considering Rocket Launches to Move Cargo Around the Globe," 29 Oct. 2018 The $580 million project is scheduled to be completed in 2022 at the spaceport, where orbital launches began from the first pad in 2015, SpaceFlight Insider reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Lots of losers in small launch, Air Force award, Red (Bull) Mars," 7 Sep. 2018 As a result, Kennedy Space Center had to learn how to become a spaceport landlord. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Cape Canaveral's Legendary Launchpad Is Ready for Astronauts Once More," 16 Aug. 2018 The first satellite launched into orbit, Sputnik, launched from a spaceport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Kazakhstan chooses SpaceX over a Russian rocket for satellite launch," 6 Nov. 2018 The combo BepiColombo spacecraft is set to go up tonight on an Ariane 5 rocket out of Europe’s South American spaceport in French Guiana. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Two spacecraft are embarking on a seven-year journey to decode Mercury’s mysteries," 19 Oct. 2018 These vertical launch rockets will all rise from the EU’s equatorial spaceport in French Guiana. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How American Space Launch Left Europe in the Dust," 18 Oct. 2018

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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