spaceport

noun
space·​port | \ ˈspās-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce spaceport (audio) \

Definition of spaceport

: an installation for testing and launching spacecraft

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All Nippon Airways operator ANA Holdings and trading house Marubeni will set up a spaceport in Japan as early as 2021, Nikkei reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Russia’s nuclear rocket, airspace wars, BFR changes explained," 30 Nov. 2018 However, new spaceplanes could mean opportunity for some spaceports. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Stratolaunch Has a New Spaceplane, and It's Designed With Humans in Mind," 21 Aug. 2018 Airplanes carrying rockets are easier to integrate into the airspace than vertical launches, and these horizontal launch systems will be more common at spaceports than vertical launchpads. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The 4 Things That Could Hobble the Commercial Space Revolution," 14 Jan. 2019 Tuesday's launch will be the 20th Soyuz flight from the European spaceport in South America since then. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Tuesday may deliver a triple-header of big launches to cap 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 Britain’s space agency announced plans to create a spaceport from which to launch rockets. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Air Taxis and Self-Driving Aircraft: Aviation Industry Faces Its Future," 21 July 2018 With dozens of locations around the world vying to become spaceports, one advantage all of these smaller rocket companies have is plenty of places to choose to fly from. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Rokot ending, more spaceports, back-to-back Falcon Heavies," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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