Continuing Career Program Publishes Spaceport Infrastructure Handbook

Posted: December 6, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

The School of Public Policy’s Continuing Career Program (CCP) has published the Spaceport Infrastructure Handbook, a comprehensive reference work that outlines present and future infrastructure requirements for spaceports in the years 2002, 2020, and 2050. The handbook was authored by 10 former employees of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) who were selected for the Continuing Career Program upon their retirement from NASA.

“Spaceports are complex industrial facilities that present equally complex technical, operational, and economic challenges,” says Frank Hoban, director of the Continuing Career Program, which partners with business and government to allow highly skilled employees to continue using their expertise as they transition from work to retirement due to reorganization or downsizing. “NASA has made tremendous advances in space science, space exploration, aeronautics, and biological and physical research in the past few decades. When cost-effective launch systems are available, the era of space commercialization will truly begin. Until then, we will continue to plan the spaceports that will support this fleet.”

Hoban says the handbook addresses a pressing issue in the space industry and is already reaping benefits. “Understanding spaceport requirements will allow educators, students, investors, local and state government officials, engineering and aviation professionals, and other decision makers to make realistic and better informed assessments of the potential for spaceport development in their communities.”

Created in 1998 with a $1.2 million grant from NASA, the Continuing Career Program addresses technology workforce demand by providing a context for NASA scientists and engineers to retool their skills and engage in vital projects designed to benefit their host company, industry, and society. The program is managed by George Mason professors and administrators. For more information, visit the CCP web site.

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