Spaceport Systems International L.P. Awarded World's First Commercial Spaceport License
ITT FSC/CCSI Partnership Certified For satellite Launches
WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation
Administration has awarded the world's first commercial spaceport license to
Spaceport Systems International L.P. (SSI) as the operator of the California
Spaceport(TM) the first US Commercial Space Launch Center. The license will
permit SSI to provide service to conduct launch site operations for various
vehicles up to the 6,000 LB Class Lockheed Martin Launch Vehicle 3. SSI is a
joint venture between the ITT Federal Services Corporation (FSC) and the
California Commercial Spaceport, Inc. (CCSI).
The license was presented today by Frank Weaver, deputy administrator,
Office of Commercial Space Transportation during the opening of the Aerospace
States Association quarterly meeting. E. George Riedel, vice president of
business development and government relations, ITT Defense & Electronics,
accepted the license.
"ITT FSC believes that commercial spaceports will make a significant
difference because they offer an opportunity to achieve affordable, safe and
reliable satellite launch services through streamlined launch facilities and
processes," Riedel said. "This license allows us to increase the
international competitiveness of the US space industry."
All future spaceports will be required to complete the licensing
regulatory process in order to qualify as safe and reliable nodes of
On November 28, 1994, ITT Federal Services Corporation and the California
Commercial Spaceport, Inc. announced the limited partnership which resulted in
the formation of Spaceport Systems International L.P., which operates The
The California Spaceport uses property leased from the US Government on
Vandenberg Air Force Base to provide commercial launch services. To date, the
Spaceport's operational Integrated Processing Facility has processed two
satellite payloads. The Spaceport Launch Facility, currently under
construction, will be capable of launching small to medium polar low earth
ITT Federal Services Corporation is headquartered in Colorado Springs,
Colorado and provides management and technical services on a wide range of
government contracts with the Department of Defense, Department of Labor,
Department of State and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
With over 5,000 employees, ITT FSC operates at 79 locations in the United
States and eleven foreign countries.
Headquartered in McLean, Va., ITT Defense & Electronics is a leading
supplier of high technology commercial and defense electronic systems,
semiconductors, standard and customized connectors and operations and
maintenance services, with customers in avionics, data, communications,
information systems, military/space and transportation.
ITT Defense & Electronics is a business unit of ITT Industries
(NYSE: IIN), a leading worldwide diversified manufacturing company, with 1995
sales of $8.4 billion from its three primary business segments: automotive,
defense & electronics and fluid technology.
In addition to the New York Stock Exchange, ITT Industries' stock is
traded under the symbol (IIN) on the Basel, Bern, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lausanne,
London, Midwest, Pacific and Paris exchanges. More detailed information on
ITT Industries is available online at http://www.ittind.com
SOURCE ITT Industries
CONTACT: Millie D. Rogers of ITT Industries, 703-790-6336