California & Space Force to encourage private launches at Vandenberg

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Capitalism in space: The state government of California has signed an agreement with the U.S. Space Force to expand private launches facilities at Vandenberg Space Force Base

It appears that the Space Force is aggressively trying to encourage new private launch operations to take flight out of Vandenberg. The article however is very unclear about exactly what this new agreement accomplishes. I could not find its actual text, and from the story all we get is typical government blather:

[Chris Dombrowski, acting director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development] said the organizations under the [agreement] will develop a “master plan that identifies the required infrastructure, human capital development, governance and financing necessary to support the United States Space Force mission and position California as a leader in the future of the commercial space industry.”

“This MOU serves as a critical investment in California’s innovative economy as we work to safely recover from the COVID-19 induced recession,” he said.

If anything, it appears that California’s Democratic and very power-hungry government is using this agreement to take control of any new private operations, so that it can dictate how they operate, according to its whims. If so, don’t expect much private enterprise to prosper at Vandenberg.


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  • Jay

    I thought Vandy (Vandenberg) could only launch into polar orbits? Kind of limited to just spy and communications satellites.

    A colleague of mine did some projects down there. Not much space for them to expand, Lompoc to the south and golf courses to the north. I definitely would not start or move a business to California.

  • Sayomara

    Interesting that spacex has almost completely pulled out of Vandenberg and its port of LA location its almost like Cal. isn’t overly friendly to private bussiness.

  • Ray

    the quicker spaces gets out of Ca the better

  • mkent

    This just looks like California’s equivalent to Space Florida. If that’s all it is, it’s no big deal and might actually be beneficial. It wouldn’t hurt to have Florida, California, Virginia, and Alaska all competing for launch business.

  • Edward

    From the California article:

    “We can quickly find ourselves back to where we were just a few weeks ago, a month ago, with significant increases if we do not maintain our vigilance,” Newsom said Monday. “Until we have a vaccine, we are going to be living with this virus.”

    What a goofball. How many decades did it take for us to eradicate small pox? How many other viruses and diseases have we eradicated? We are going to be living with this virus for a long, long time. These leaders are becoming tyrannical, promising that they can control nature. They thought that a century ago, too, when they thought they had an unsinkable ship. It never works out how they promise.

    Meanwhile, no one is worried about a second wave in Sweden, but they are practically promising one in California and other lockdown, shutdown, smackdown, Great Oppression states.

    I wonder how fast businesses can flee a state.

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