Warning, Will Robinson, Sheboygan is getting lost in space.

May 15th, 2006

The proposed spaceport in Sheboygan just refuses to die.

As I pointed out earlier this year, best viagra there the powerful cities east of us (Detroit, Boston, and New York) will never, ever allow rockets to be lofted in their direction.

It is NOT going to happen.

Let alone the fact that simple physics dictate that the closer you are to the equator the more of a boost you get at launch time (that and weather is why we launch from Florida currently).

And let’s not even mention the intriguing possibility that building a static space elevator is looking more and more real every year…a development that would ensure that the only “green men” we’ll ever see in Wisconsin will be the ones playing for the Packers.

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  • 1. Administrator  |  May 15th, 2006 at 10:01 am


  • 2. The Space Elevator Blog &&hellip  |  May 17th, 2006 at 5:39 pm

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  • 3. Brian  |  May 17th, 2006 at 6:19 pm

    We might wish it were otherwise – a working spaceport would be a fantastic boost to the economy.

    Some objections

    Spaceports are planned for Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas. The Mojave spaceport is already certified. All of of those have large cities downrange. How are they going to manage it?

    The ‘too far from the equator’ argument is good, but not perfect. We’re in a good place to launch to polar orbits, which could be a niche market.

    The ‘too far from the equator’ thing does not appply to an air launched vehicle such as SS1 or the proposed SS2.

    The space elevator will not kill the existing market to launch to LEO. There will always be a need to launch to orbit quickly.

    But keep fighting for what you believe in.

    Brian Dunbar

  • 4. Administrator  |  May 18th, 2006 at 10:34 am

    Good points, Brian.

    Although, Albuquerque and Oklahoma City aren’t exactly Boston and New York.

    Your best argument is for air launched vehicles. But in that case I think it’s much more likely that existing airports could be retrofitted to accommodate them.

    And I’m not “fighting” to kill the Spaceport. I’m opining that when push comes to shove the politically powerful east coast cities will never allow it.

    And honestly? I absolutely love Wisconsin, but there are better places to launch from.

  • 5. Brian  |  May 18th, 2006 at 12:13 pm

    My own opinion – yes, not that anyone cares – is that a spaceport can be tought of as a loss leader to build industry around.

    Launching rockets ain’t all there is for a mature industry. Assembly plants for the final product, command and control facilities, all will be important. More important would be to have a place where you can concentrate these folks for synergy.

    Silicon Valley is what it is not because it’s a keen place to write software (or engineer computers) but because the concentraiton of brains allows some neat second-order effect to percolate in the place.

    Which, yes, is a longshot; other places are already doing this – take a look at the Mojave Spaceport and see how many outifts are there, and they might have better weather for flying.* Still. It would be nice to see a good pitch made by .. someone.

    *I am not an aerospace guy by trade – but I recall the first SS1 flight was almost cancelled due to a storm the night before.

  • 6. tee bee  |  May 18th, 2006 at 5:50 pm

    I mean it, Elliot, if you blow my ride I’m going to… I’m going to… I’m going to have to move to Oklahoma, New Mexico, or Texas, darn you!

    Or maybe I’ll have to build my own Firefly class ship. “You can’t take the sky from me…”

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