The Spaceport Field Guide (SpFG) is a KMZ data file for Google Earth originally developed by SpaceWorks Commercial that identifies worldwide launch sites and associated facilities. The tool offers information about global spaceports including location, current and potential facilities, current and potential launch vehicles, and a rating of operational readiness (as defined by a Spaceport Readiness Level or SpRL). The tool is available for free download from the SpaceWorks Software website. We provide this software as a service to the community. Google Earth is available for free download. Spaceport Field Guide (SpFG) is available for direct download at the following location:
The Spaceport Field Guide contains two levels of data, broken out into Level 1 (spaceport) and Level 2 (specific facilities at that spaceport). Thus we have attempted to include as much detail about facilities (launch pads, launch control complexes, runways, integration facilities, test stands, etc.) as possible. We are open to adding new facilities information (about existing or planned facilities). Specific information we would accept would include a facility name and its corresponding latitude/longitude coordinate. Also, any maps of the spaceport with latitude/longitude information would be appreciated.
Note: The Spaceport Field Guide (SpFG) is a free tool developed for the general community. SpaceWorks has attempted to compile accurate data, however we make no assertion as to the complete accuracy of data. Users may submit updated data and/or corrections so future versions will be more accurate.
Spaceport Readiness Level (SpRL)
The SpFG categorizes facilities using a new parameter called a Spaceport Readiness Level (SpRL). The SpRL is a quantitative parameter similar to a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale. It relates, on a scale from 0 to 4, how ready the spaceport is to handle operational suborbital and orbital flights. The Spaceport Readiness Level (SpRL) serves as a quick reference to the operational status of global government and commercial spaceports. The scale ranges from a value of zero to four. Two SpRLs are assigned to each spaceport, one indicating the spaceport’s suborbital launch capability and one indicating its orbital launch capability.
|SpRL Scale Value||Short Name||Definition|
|0||Inactive||There is no plan or interest in establishing spaceport operations, or the spaceport has been inactive for more than five (5) years.|
|1||Preliminary||There are notional or preliminary plans for development of a spaceport. A potential geographic location for a spaceport and/or individual(s)/organization(s) that will be involved in its development have been identified.|
|2||Prepatory||A specific geographic location and physical space (land) have been located and secured (purchase, lease, grant, etc.). There may be limited test facilities located within the spaceport area.|
|3||Developmental||Development/construction is underway for operational (i.e. non-test) infrastructure. Relevant regulatory/legal applications have been initiated or are in-process (environmental, nation state, international legal regulations).|
|4||Operational||The spaceport is deemed operational. All relevant assessments have been performed and spaceport licenses have been obtained. . Launch vehicle operators (commercial or government) can use the site, or it is already actively used. If the spaceport has been operational for more than five (5) calendar years, there has been at least one (1) operational (i.e. non test-related) launch within that period of five (5) calendar years.|
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