Washington State Proposal Overview
Washington State offers an integrated low cost approach to the development of the Venture Star Spaceport. The Washington State Team is committed to developing and working with the Lockheed Martin Venture Star Team to insure the cost to launch and recover a commercially viable space vehicle in the next millennium is cost effective. Working as a team, we offer a one-stop shop. We are committed to finding and developing the lowest cost alternatives available to Lockheed Martin as to the construction of the facility and its ultimate operation.
Washington State's proposed site is located in a low population area in the center of the state. Situated adjacent to and just north of Grant County International Airport, Washington State's Venture Star Spaceport offers the convenience on flat open land for the construction of the launch complex and the usage of an international airport with a well established and growing industrial infrastructure for administration and landing operations. Excellent weather (VFR conditions 3 miles and 1,000 feet are available 93% of the time) and low current usage, should provide an excellent launch window for frequent launches.
With a population density on the polar and ISS traces (northerly azimuth) approximately that of the entire state of Montana, Washington State's spaceport offers an excellent opportunity for overland launches.
The State of Washington is proposing legislation that creates a Spaceport designation within the existing public ports legislation. the concept being put before the legislature will include a state tax free zone (B&O taxes and Sales Tax exemptions) for the construction and initial operations of industries directly related to the launch and recovery of space launch vehicles. Also included will be a clarification of existing legislation on tax deferrals on Research and Development to include space launch industries.
Washington State has a business friendly tax base. The State has no corporate income tax, no personal income tax, no inventory tax, no unitary tax, and no tax on interest, dividends, or capital gains. A Business & Occupation Tax, Sales Tax, and Property Taxes support Washington's tax base. There are a number of incentives that reduce these taxes for qualified businesses. The Venture Star Spaceport qualifies for a majority of these incentives.
In addition, the Washington State proposal includes the Washington Public Power Supply Systems proposal to include the containment and turbine buildings of either Plant#1 at Hanford, WA (45 miles from the proposed Spaceport) or Plant#3 at Satsop on the western side of the Cascade Mountains (200 miles from the Spaceport). These sites would be used for the manufacture of the Venture Star fuel cells.
Washington State has one of the most highly educated workforce's in the country. In addition to superb private sector support, the State has outstanding research institutions, universities and colleges (including Big Bend Community College located in Moses Lake). These entities often collaborate with business and will tailor curriculum to meet the needs of the business community. The State also has an excellent job training program available.