Spaceport

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Manassas Spaceport on Reach.

A spaceport, also known as a starport,[1] is a location on a planet where spacecraft launch and land, by analogy with seaport for seaborne ships or airport for aircraft. Spaceports may serve as transport hubs for cargo or passengers, or both. Spaceports are often located in the vicinity of cities, connected to them by highways or MagLev trains.[2]

Alternatively, commuters or goods may be shipped to orbital platforms connected to space elevators which serve as a method of transportation between outer space and a planet surface, a method cheaper than the use of rocket fuel to escape a planet's atmosphere. A shuttle port is a type of spaceport presumably used primarily by shuttlecraft.[3] Spaceports were common targets for terrorists and Insurrectionists. During Operation: TREBUCHET, Tribute's numerous spaceports were under constant supervision by ARGUS drones to prevent bombings.[4]

Spaceports were also found on the Sangheili worlds, such as the mining colony of Creck. Sangheili could land and temporarily store their personal starships in a spaceport while they visited a world. The spaceports were guarded by armed Sangheili and travellers were required to go through processing stations. To enter or leave a spaceport with a starship, Sangheili were required to gain proper clearance from a spaceport administrator.[5]

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Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Halo: Reach, campaign level, Exodus
  2. ^ a b Halo: Contact Harvest, pages 37-38
  3. ^ Axon, old_mombasa
  4. ^ Halo: Contact Harvest, page 12
  5. ^ Halo: Broken Circle, Chapter 1
  6. ^ File:Ringcode - LegendBox 02.jpg
  7. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 21
  8. ^ Remember Reach, Spaceport
  9. ^ Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
  10. ^ Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, "Dirt"