Build a Thriving Space Enterprise at Vandenberg AFB

A new Space Age fueled by commercial enterprise is taking off, and Vandenberg is a prime launchpad.

The space industry is predicted to increase eight-fold, soaring from $350 billion to $2.7 trillion annually over the next three decades and generating high- paying job opportunities in engineering, software, advanced manufacturing and other STEM fields. NASA’s reinvigorated space program and ambitious Mars plans could also prove a boon to Vandenberg, which launched its first planet-bound mission in 2018.

As home to a major component of the U.S Space Command and one of only a few of established U.S. orbital launch sites, Vandenberg is ideally positioned as the West Coast hub for both commercial and military space operations. By driving spaceport development and private-sector investment, we can ensure that Vandenberg reaches its potential as a thriving, competitive frontier in the 21st-Century space race.

Actions

Develop Master Plan

Develop a spaceport master plan for Vandenberg Air Force Base. A critical first step, this plan will document how local, state and federal governments, the U.S. Air Force and private space-launch companies plan to integrate their activities collaboratively to support a full array of space- related activities, from manufacturing to launching and landing. Key elements include vision, governance, infrastructure and financial requirements.

Develop Financing Strategy

Develop a multi-prong infrastructure financing strategy. Building the spaceport complex, surrounding range and commercial enterprise zone will require partnerships between local, state, federal and private sectors. Coordination and integration of requirements and priorities will be crucial to funding and execution as well as ensuring that future capacity demands are met.

Attract Companies

Attract private space companies. With defined plans for the spaceport complex and investment in common infrastructure, plus clear and satisfactory terms for leasing Air Force property for commercial enterprise, the base can serve the unique needs of space- related activity and investment.

STAKEHOLDERS NEEDED AT THE TABLE:

  • United States Air Force
  • United States Space Force
  • Investors for large-scale infrastructure improvements
  • U. S. Department of Defense
  • 24th Congressional District
  • 35th Assembly District
  • 19th Senate District
  • California Office of Business and Economic Development (Go Biz)
  • County of Santa Barbara
  • City governments
  • Allan Hancock College
  • Cal Poly
  • UC-Santa Barbara
  • Commercial space companies
  • Economic development organizations
  • Industry associations

METRICS WE WILL USE TO TRACK SUCCESS

  • Number of rockets launched per year (YoY increase)
  • Increase in number of commercial space and related support companies doing business on the Central Coast
  • Dollars invested in improved infrastructure
  • Dollars brought into the region by the space industry (direct, indirect and induced impacts)
  • Total satellite mass launched to orbit (YoY increase)