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Colorado Air and Space Port: Ready for takeoff

Mar 09, 2020


The fifth-largest county of Colorado, Adams County has a variety of advantages for investors looking for an operations base in the heartland of the United States.

“Our transportation infrastructure makes us an ideal location for business and industry. We are bordering Denver International Airport. We are close to downtown Denver and just 45 minutes from the nearest ski resort,” Adams County Manager Raymond Gonzales said.

To attract more foreign investment, Adams County is focused on Japan.


“We took a trip to Japan in early 2019. One of the exciting parts about planning this trip was discovering how deeply connected Adams County was with Japan,” Gonzales said.

During the trip, Adams County officials met with officers of PD AeroSpace, a Japanese space tourism company. The meeting came at the right time as Colorado Air and Space Port (CASP) received a commercial spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration.


CASP and PD AeroSpace are two upcoming names in the aerospace industry now connected by a common mission to develop mutually-beneficial advancements in space tourism, micro-gravity research and eventually, point-to-point travel.

“We share the same values as PD AeroSpace, which is extremely important. When we met with Mr. Shuji Ogawa, the CEO, you could see, you feel and hear the passion that he has,” Gonzales said.

The state has huge hopes for this project of Adams County and CASP because it will encourage more international collaborations.

“Our priority is to create an environment where we can support the companies that we already have and to continue building that ecosystem going forward,” CASP Director Dave Ruppel said.

“We are open for business. This is a great place to be and it is our job help facilitate success of Japanese companies interested in investing,” he added.

CASP aims to become the country’s main hub for commercial space transportation, research and development.

Southwest USA 2020 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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