I read a lot of boring government notices so you don’t have to! One of them, the Federal Register, has some good news for those of you looking for a little extra cash to build industrial space launch facilities! The FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) has issued a solicitation for FY2012 Space Transportation Infrastructure Matching Grants. The FAA/AST will provide matching funds for selected proposals.
This program is the latest iteration of the Commercial Space Transportation Grants Program. The Commercial Space Transportation Grants Program first funded additions to space launch facilities in FY2010, when the Mojave Air and Spaceport received $125,000 to purchase an emergency response vehicle. Other organizations, such as Jacksonville, Floirda’s Cecil Field, the New Mexico Spaceport Authority and the Alaska Aerospace Corporation, also received matching grants.
The FAA/AST hopes to award grants under this program by July 17, 2012. Submissions are due by May 11, 2012.
The actual amount of funding this program will receive is at yet undetermined.