July 16, 2017

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The following is a true spaceport story. 

Midland, Texas’ Development Authority thought that investing in a spaceport would be a great idea. An up-and-coming space company named XCOR wanted to relocate from California. It would only take millions of Economic Development dollars and a spaceport license from the FAA.

The plan would bring space tourism to their city and prosperity for all. XCOR and the politicians easily sold it t...

July 16, 2017

The only non-Federally funded spaceport with more than a handful of employees is at Mojave(CA) Air and Space Port, located about 100 miles north of Los Angeles in the California desert. Mojave is a former military training airport that today primarily serves as an airliner refurbish/refit/repair facility. An airplane 'graveyard' is maintained there. With a permanent population of only about 4,200 in Mojave, many workers commu...

July 15, 2017

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30,000 feet (5.6 miles) won the day for the University of Michigan student team. In other events, student rockets have actually reached more than 27 miles. The 'edge' of space is at 60 miles and Minimum Low Earth Orbit is at a minimum altitude of 100 miles. Spaceport America, like the Friends of Amateur Rocketry launch site in Mojave, California, are in near-desert or desert locations for safety. All student launches lack gui...

July 15, 2017

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Vector Space, a tiny start-up rocket company in Tuscon, Az. is very well traveled, visiting Alaska, Kennedy Space Center, then Camden County, and now Nova Scotia looking for places to launch the rocket they hope to have some day. Currently testing small rockets at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry test range in the Mojave Desert, Vector has promised to launch a test soon from somewhere in Camden County.  Camden County official...

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