Private Space Industry Eyes State's Open Spaces


When XCOR Aerospace, a private California rocket-building company, was looking for a wide-open place to test rocket engines and space planes, it found an ideal site in Midland.

“There’s nothing in the desert for hundreds of miles,” said Mike Massee, a spokesman for the company. XCOR plans to set up facilities in an existing Midland hangar next year and could eventually invest $12 million a year in payroll there, Massee said. “That’s something that’s very desirable.”

As home to the NASA Johnson Space Center, Texas has been central to the field of space exploration for decades. But ...

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