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Hi, I am from Texas and I have seen some dumb things and I believe that pigs will learn to fly before any one including Sir Branson get their fat rear into space on a epoxy flying contraption. Branson can sell Ice Cream Machines to Eskom’s. The only way out of this debacle is develop your own Burning Man event much like the burning of the evil spirit that was held in Taos on an annual event. You are close to El Paso , so organize around the core Military and College populations. Start small but advertise BIG and just make it a fun social event for every one in the New Mexico area. Have a grand prize , have pretty Indian girls, free tamales , beer and invite the Governor. If you need any more ideas just call “007 Wingman”
You will probably find that no matter who pays for it and runs, Richard Branson will make a big play of pretending that the whole thing is run by, and belongs to, Virgin.
Patricia Riley claims to have five (count ’em, FIVE) college degrees, including a masters degree, and three vocations. Hmm. Given the poor grammar, spelling, and punctuation in her screed, I’d hate to see what colleges she attended. Perhaps her point is well-taken. Perhaps New Mexico’s schools ARE turning out students poorly prepared for the real world.
So you think I can’t spell…I was reading what I wrote… not one misspelled word… and I do have five degrees…one associate degree.. double bachelor’s degree …one master’s degree…one minor in foreign language and a cosmetology license…. I’m not you’re typical New mexican…I earned everything I worked hard for and no one can take my education skills or life experiences…so gene you’re a fucking asshole…. let’s see did I spell everything ok for you
One of the biggest problems with this spaceport is that it is nowhere near the ocean. Launches out of Cape Canaveral in Florida go over the Atlantic. Launches from Vandenberg in California go South over the Pacific on a polar orbit. Rocket companies don’t like to launch over large chunks of land because if their rocket fails the parts can fall on buildings and houses. I feel that Virgin will fly from Spaceport America, but they will probably also fly from Mojave, breaking up the launches. I don’t know who else will be launching from Spaceport America, but even when Virgin decides to create an orbital craft they will probably choose to launch from one of the coasts.
In many third-world states, tourism is a major industry. So it fits New Mexico’s reflexive responses that it would support space travel as a tourist industry. How intelligent is it, however, to spend millions, possibly billions, on tourism when most tourism involves nearly cost-free infrastructure? It is also typical–and a clear sign of desperation–for a third-world state to squander resources on gambles which private corporations refuse to fund because the risk is too great. Corporations are still telling the state that SpacePort is a boondoggle: they are going elsewhere. And tourists will launch from these developing “elsewheres.” New Mexico should save its money for better purposes, and these do not include tourism.
Great article, but there are three more aspects of Spaceport America that need to be addressed.
Why is all of the funding for building and operating the Spaceport coming from state and local governments? There is no private investment in the facility. Wouldn’t it make more sense to get some private, at-risk money into the deal, to maybe start making sense out of it?
Why is the operation, planning, maintenance, expansion all done by the state? The State of New Mexico has not proven itself to be competent at anything, yet – how do the powers that be believe they can be the best at owning and operating a Spaceport? In line with the first part, why not sell the whole deal and let it be run by private ventures who know what they are doing, and have the capital to do what’s needed to make it successful, if that is possible?
The current Spaceport director has estimated it will take $7 Billion to upgrade the Spaceport to make it competitive with others being built around the country and the world. Where will that money come from, and is it worth the investment and gamble – and WHO is the competent activity to make that evaluation?
And on we go –
I am a fan of space technology…unmanned.
Manned space flight is and will continue to be an expensive sideshow for the next century. No, there are not going to be commercially viable manned space flights. Any money made in space will be what it is now…satelites. Even that area has limited potential with the launch of multiple units that contain ever increasing capacity. China, India, Ausa, Europe, Russia and others will compete for a limited market.
Waiting….we new Mexicans are sick and tired of waiting for WHAT?…the majority of the people here are poor and uneducated because our schools have failed literally a big fat F and D- grade for 7 years running…there is no economic growth and development but plenty of crime drugs and corruption at the highest and lowest levels of government and academia…it’s all CRAP and the ones running for public office in mid term election are the same old criminal cartel spewing the same old story about economic growth and development and how theylove the people…it’s all CRAP on both sides of the political aisle…the familia and their gangs run the show always have and probably always will…the progressive liberal card carrying communist fascist Marxists have complete control of the failed state of Nuevo Mexico otherwise known as a cacahole…and i should know I’m a native from Las cruces and hold five worthless college degrees one being a masters degree and have three vocations…i still have no real good job and the pay is slave wages…sad very very sad…I guess if I was a criminal drug dealer i would bank but I’m not…
I think you ought to look up the definition of the word media hype. Have you ever taken a drive there from Las Cruces or El Paso. That will sober you up. I drove there on that horrible dirt road, hit a trench and ruined my van, a Dodge heavy duty. I take people should do some research that is significant to the topic. I wrote this once
Good article about history of Spaceport. Part of the reason I moved to this area was because of Spaceport, a progressive move reflecting on our area.
It is time to get the ball rolling and start utilizing this great facility.
I’m hoping that Branson is not talking thru his ears and really has something planned for the later part of 2018.
This is an insightful and educational piece that I hope prompts dialogue to yield the promise of economic growth to this region