Straight Answers Needed to 50 Spaceport Questions

March 26, 2019

 

 

Until Camden County Administrator Steve Howard and Commission Chair Jimmy Starline answer the following straight-forward questions with simple YES or NO responses, they must not waste another taxpayer dollar on their dangerous, speculative spaceport.

  1. (  )YES or (  )NO - Do Canaveral and Wallops rockets launch immediately over the Atlantic Ocean from spaceport property?

  2. (  )YES or (  )NO - Will SpaceX Boca Chica rockets launch immediately over the Gulf of Mexico from spaceport property?

  3. (  )YES or (  )NO - Do Kodiak spaceport rockets launch immediately over the Gulf of Alaska and Pacific Ocean from spaceport property?

  4. (  )YES or (  )NO - Do Rocket Labs’ rockets launch immediately over the Pacific from spaceport property?

  5. (  )YES or (  )NO - Is the Spaceport Camden proposed launchpad located almost 10 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean beaches?

  6. (  )YES or (  )NO - Can Spaceport Camden rockets launch immediately over the Atlantic Ocean from spaceport property?

  7. (  )YES or (  )NO - Will every trajectory at Spaceport Camden overfly parts of Cumberland Island, Little Cumberland Island, the Cumberland Island National Seashore, Cumberland Island’s Wilderness Area, private property and people?

  8. (  )YES or (  )NO - Do Canaveral or Wallops have a National Seashore, National Wilderness Area, private property and residents who are overflown by launch trajectories?

  9. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has a commercial rocket ever been launched from the proposed Spaceport Camden site?

  10. (  )YES or (  )NO - In 1960 did NASA consider Cumberland Island, not mainland Camden, for the Apollo program?

  11. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has a NASA or Department of Defense rocket ever been launched from the Union Carbide site?

  12. (  )YES or (  )NO - Did the 2017 Camden Vector launch occur at the proposed Spaceport Camden site?

  13. (  )YES or (  )NO - In 2017, did Vector launch a rocket classified as an “amateur” rocket by the FAA for the Camden exercise?

  14. (  )YES or (  )NO - (  )YES or (  )NO - In 2017, did the Vector rocket land offsite from the launch site property?

  15. (  )YES or (  )NO - Does Vector currently have a fully operational rocket?

  16. (  )YES or (  )NO - Does startup ABL Space currently have a fully operational rocket?

  17. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has ABL Space occupied the gym they rented in Saint Marys?

  18. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has startup Astra Space had two consecutive rocket failures on their first two launch attempts?

  19. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has startup Firefly Space ever tested a rocket?

  20. (  )YES or (  )NO - Do you know the year certain that either Vector or ABL will have a fully functional rocket?

  21. (  )YES or (  )NO - Do you know the year certain that Vector or ABL will have launched 10 rockets without a failure?

  22. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has any rocket company invested more than $1 in Spaceport Camden?

  23. (  )YES or (  )NO - Have Camden's taxpayers spent over $6.5 million dollars, so far, pursuing Spaceport Camden?

  24. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has most of that $6.5 million left Camden County paid consultants, lobbyists, PR firms and lawyers located outside of Camden County?

  25. (  )YES or (  )NO - Did Camden County overdraw 44 checks at Southeastern Bank just a few weeks after a payment for $960,000.00 was made to Union Carbide to extend the Option Contract?

  26. (  )YES or (  )NO - Have the Camden County Commissioners developed a business plan for Spaceport Camden?

  27. (  )YES or (  )NO - Do the county administrator and the commissioners have a fiduciary duty to spend tax dollars wisely?

  28. (  )YES or (  )NO - Should citizens give up their and their descendants' constitutional and statutory rights to allow the spaceport to advance?

  29. (  )YES or (  )NO - Does the Georgia Constitution and Georgia Code prohibit eminent domain condemnation for economic development purposes?

  30. (  )YES or (  )NO - Do you know how many additional millions of taxpayer dollars are needed to have an operational spaceport?

  31. (  )YES or (  )NO - Is there a guaranteed positive return on spaceport investment (ROI)?

  32. (  )YES or (  )NO - Is the commercial space industry consensus that mature rocket launches fail at a rate of 1%, or less?

  33. (  )YES or (  )NO - Is the commercial space industry consensus that mature rocket launches fail at a rate of 2%, or more?

  34. (  )YES or (  )NO - Do immature/new/experimental rocket launches fail at a rate as high as 25%, or higher?

  35. (  )YES or (  )NO - Do you know a year certain that Vector or ABL will have rockets that are qualified as “mature?”

  36. (  )YES or (  )NO - Will Spaceport Camden allow the launch of immature/new/experimental rockets?

  37. (  )YES or (  )NO - Will Spaceport Camden be restricted so that it can never launch immature/new/experimental rockets?

  38. (  )YES or (  )NO - Will Spaceport Camden be restricted so that it can never launch more than 12 rockets in total per year?

  39. (  )YES or (  )NO - Is Camden in active negotiations with SpaceX, Blue Origin, Northrop Orbital/ATK, or United Launch Alliance?

  40. (  )YES or (  )NO - Will Camden voters be allowed to elect the board members of the Camden County Spaceport Authority?

  41. (  )YES or (  )NO - Will the Spaceport Authority be self-supporting from Day One of its creation?

  42. (  )YES or (  )NO - Can Camden County, the US Coast Guard, or the FAA force the evacuation of residents or their guests on Cumberland and Little Cumberland Islands?

  43. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has Camden County estimated the direct expense and economic lost opportunity costs associated with 8-hour closings of the hazard zone for launches?

  44. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has the US Navy approved rocket launches from Spaceport Camden that will affect Navy operations or safety at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base?

  45. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has the US Navy agreed to share secret information with the spaceport operator so that launches can be scheduled to avoid submarine arrivals and departures?

  46. (  )YES or (  )NO -Will Camden County have to borrow the funds to acquire the Union Carbide property?

  47. (  )YES or (  )NO - Will Camden County property taxes have to be raised to pay operating expenses for Spaceport Camden?

  48. (  )YES or (  )NO - Will Camden County SPLOST funds be diverted to pay for spaceport development?

  49. (  )YES or (  )NO - Does Camden County have the cash to support spaceport operations until sufficient third-party revenue streams are developed?

  50. (  )YES or (  )NO - Have Kennedy Space Center, Wallops MARS Commercial Launch Site, Pacific Launch Complex (AK) and Vandenberg Air Force Base not required taxpayer financing and/or subsidies at any time during the past 10 years?

  51. (  )YES or (  )NO - Did Kennedy Space Center receive $2.2 billion from the Federal Budget in 2018?

  52. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has Wallops Commercial Spaceport required about $18,000,000 in subsidies in each of the past two years?

  53. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has Camden County agreed to provide Union Carbide with a $10 million Environmental Liability Policy to pay for damage to the hazardous landfill?

  54. (  )YES or (  )NO - Does Camden County’s environmental liability extend beyond the $10 million insurance policy?

  55. (  )YES or (  )NO - Will the State of Georgia be liable for environmental mitigation if Camden cannot afford the costs that come with the environmental risks of ownership of the Union Carbide property?

  56. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has Spaceport Camden acquired rights to launch over the Bayer property?

  57. (  )YES or (  )NO - Will Spaceport Camden be developed if it presents a financial risk or burden to Camden taxpayers and to future generations?

  58. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has Camden County submitted a 100% complete spaceport site license application to the FAA?

  59. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has Camden County been forced to hire a Washington, DC law firm to assist with problems completing the Environmental Impact Statement?

  60. (  )YES or (  )NO - Has the FAA told Camden County that it will approve rocket launches from Spaceport Camden?

OK. I know that’s more than 50 Questions. But there are at least a hundred more simple questions Spaceport Camden promoters refuse to answer publicly. After more than six years chasing a spaceport license, the promoters owe us straight answers --- no goobledegook.

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