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Lockheed Martin project could face environmental hurdles
Brazoria County is trying to convince Lockheed Martin Corp. to build a spaceport on a site near the city of Freeport for launching commercial satellites.
If the county's effort is successful, the project could capture part of the $350 million to $500 million Lockheed Martin plans to invest in two such sites in the United States. Also at stake are the 2,000 construction-related jobs and the 1,500 permanent jobs the Freeport area would gain as part of the contract.
Part of the proposed site is located in a wildlife management area, however, so environmental concerns could pose a major obstacle for the project.
Thirty-five sites in 17 states are vying for the coveted projects, which involve-using recyclable rockets to send satellites into space. Like the Space Shuttle, the rocket is launched like a missile and lands like an airplane.
Two other Texas sites …