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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A virtual public meeting was held by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday, December 9.

This meeting was to help residents learn what the proposed plan means for the Huntsville area, and more importantly comment on it.

The Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority (HMCAA) is proposing to use the Huntsville International Airport as a commercial space reentry site, and Sierra Space Corporation is proposing to reenter its Dream Chaser vehicle there, too.

A draft for these plans, which would include landing the Dream Chaser vehicle up to eight times between 2023 and 2027, can be viewed here. The HMCAA has to obtain a Reentry Site Operator License from the FAA in order to operate as a commercial space reentry site.

The FAA encourages everyone to provide comments concerning the scope and content of the proposed plan on or before December 22.

From the FAA:

Questions on the preparation of the Draft EA may be addressed to Ms. Stacey Zee, Huntsville Reentry
Project, c/o ICF, 9300 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22031 or submitted by email to
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in
your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information –
may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from
public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.