Houston hopes to develop spaceport

HOUSTON (CNN) - Efforts are underway to bring a spaceport to Houston.

Houston Airport Systems Director Mario Diaz says they've already applied for the license. If they get that license, there would be no vertical liftoffs from Ellington Field. Instead, spacecrafts would take off and head over the Gulf of Mexico. From there, the craft would lift to the edge of space, about 80,000 to 100,000 feet above earth. Traveling about Mach 3 or 4, the edge of space travel would make long trips significantly shorter.

The price tag, right now, would be hefty. Tickets on the Virgin Galactic are $200,000 a piece -- and that's for space tourism, not destination travel.

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