Apollo 11 Inspired Entrepreneur


For at least one Hoosier, the drama of July 20th, 1969 lives on.

Brian Tanner remembers watching the Apollo 11 moon landing on his parents’ black and white Sylvania television. Like many others over the age of 40, he dreamed of traveling in space. Unlike most others, he’s building his own launch facility, now–at the Columbus Municipal Airport.

“A lot of private industries across the country are going to take up the torch of the things NASA’s been doing”, says Tanner. His “Space Port Indiana” venture is behind the new $4-million launch and engine testing facility in Columbus. He says the technologies tested there will help restore interest in space.

The Challenger Learning Center in Indianapolis–where Tanner is a board member–is preparing for kids to talk to astronauts in space on ham radios. Tanner says, “The more you get kids involved, the more excited they get.” There are two other Challenger Centers in Indiana–in Brownsburg and Hammond.

Photo by Space Port Indiana.

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