Colorado has been selected for a planned spaceflight training facility and a “Lab-to-Orbit”™ research campus.

Billed as the world’s first space readiness and innovation campus, Star Harbor unveiled today its planned 53-acre mixed-use development campus and training center south of Denver in Lone Tree, Colorado.

At its heart will be the Star Harbor Academy that features microgravity flights, neutral buoyancy facility, a high-gravity centrifuge, as well as land-based and underwater habitats, hypobaric and hyperbaric chambers, simulation labs, and human performance center.

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Additional campus features will include a space-themed hotel, office space, Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility space, non-profit Public Inspiration center and entertainment and event venues, including an e-sports arena.

The Star Harbor campus is expected to attract more than two million annual visitors, according to the organization.

Unprecedented renaissance

“There is an unprecedented renaissance occurring within the space industry today and our leading edge capabilities and people-centered approach will accelerate this transformation in ways that are not only critically needed in the industry but will foster a new vision for how space can be leveraged to improve life on Earth,” said Maraia Tanner, founder and CEO of Star Harbor, an astrophysicist and former aerospace engineer.

“We have the opportunity to foster a new generation of explorers, innovators, entrepreneurs, educators and technologies to leave a powerful, positive legacy for generations to come,” Tanner said in a press statement.

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The planned Star Harbor Lab-to-Orbit research campus will lower barriers-to-entry for commercial innovation, scale and speed.

Significant partnerships

Star Harbor has already established more than 30 significant partnerships and memorandums of understanding encompassing major aerospace, technology, and defense companies, leading educational organizations, international space agencies, and relevant U.S. government entities. The company said it will share these partnerships in the coming weeks.

The commercial astronaut training, space workforce development and technology incubator program also launched a Series B fundraising round through July 15, 2022 to further the development of the project. With initial offerings beginning in 2026, the mixed-use campus will host customers and the public.

“Our staff includes astronauts, experts in the aerospace and travel industry sectors, and educators,” said Star Harbor senior advisor, Alan Ladwig, and a member of the board of directors. Retired from NASA, Ladwig was formerly director of Office of Policy and Plans at NASA headquarters and senior policy advisor in NASA’s Office of the Administrator.

Dr. Sian Proctor, a member of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 civilian orbital spaceflight.
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A Star Harbor team includes Dr. Sian Proctor, a member of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 civilian orbital spaceflight and the first black woman to pilot a spacecraft; and Ronald Garan Jr., a former NASA astronaut and retired Air Force test pilot. Board members include Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing (retired) and Kenneth Svendsen, Entertainment Cruises, Disney and Hilton (retired).

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