The Venturestar Project is funded by NASA as the next step to the X-33 program. Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract of the overall Venturestar project.. Venturestar works off the development and flight testing of the X-33, which is a technology demonstrator vehicle for a possible Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV). The RLV technology program is a cooperative agreement between NASA and Aerospace industry. The goal of the RLV technology program is to enable significant reductions in the cost of access to space, and to promote the creation and delivery of new space services and other activities that will improve U.S. economic competitiveness.
Challenge: The Venturestar Program was looking for a new site to build, assemble and test the new project. The company searched for potential project sites that would meet all of its rigorous requirements
Results: ASPI Group united with Port of Moses Lake, Enterprise Washington and the Grant County EDC to form a public-private partnership team representing Washington State. Grant County International Airport is now a FAA certified Spaceport site. Moses Lake, Grant County was a site finalist in 1999.
FAA certified sites for US Space Transportation (PDF)