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Bahamas approves SpaceX for new landings venture

February 22, 2024

By Chris Forrester

The Bahaman government’s Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (MOTIA) has announced the successful negotiation and execution of a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with SpaceX, marking what it describes as a “revolutionary leap” for The Bahamas into the realm of space tourism.

SpaceX is currently finalising mission designs where one of the company’s floating droneships will serve as a Falcon 9 landing location east of The Exumas (a group of islands south-east of Nassau), offering a spectacle that will be visible only in The Bahamas.

The Ministry’s announcement says: “This unique opportunity sets the stage for tourists to witness awe-inspiring space events from cruise ships, resorts, and various tourist hotspots, solidifying The Bahamas’ position as a key player in the emerging space tourism industry.”

In tandem with the LOA, SpaceX has committed to supporting the creation of a space installation or exhibit showcasing recognizable hardware and a SpaceX spacesuit. This exhibit, the only one outside the US, is expected to draw significant attention and attendance from both Bahamian citizens and international tourists.

In addition to potential revenue growth, The Bahamas has secured Starlink internet connectivity at multiple locations across the Family Islands. These terminals, specifically designated for schools lacking sufficient internet capacity, will also bolster the capabilities and operations of first responders in the area.”

Local reports suggest that Caribbean cruise ships could be sited off the islands to view landings of one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 boosters.

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