Just about 30 miles south of Manitowoc, the City of Sheboygan also has unique ties to the space age – one of which is an interesting bit of historical trivia and the other being a very modern-day tie-in.
Today, Sheboygan is home of the only licensed spaceport in the Midwest – the Great Lakes Aerospace Science and Education Center (GLASEC). What is a “spaceport”? The website for GLASEC explains that a licensed spaceport is an area designated as having access to space. Most of the United States is under restricted airspace – where flight is limited to 50,000 feet or less, for national security reasons. The airspace over the Sheboygan Spaceport is “open” to space travel. There are a few other licensed spaceports – in Florida, Texas, and California, for instance – but Sheboygan is the only one in the “interior” of the United States. Planet Terry