Hawaiian activists say “No!” to smallsat spaceport


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The coming dark age: At a meeting to obtain public feedback on a proposed smallsat spaceport in Hawaii, activists were almost all hostile or opposed to the project.

There might be justified reasons to oppose the spaceport, but since the environmental assessment is not yet published, it is unclear at this point what those reasons might be. The reasons cited by these opponents, noise and pollution, don’t seem serious. The spaceport being proposed is for smallsat rockets, rockets that are very small (only a few times larger than the biggest model rockets). Even if they launch weekly these rockets will not cause serious noise or pollution issues.

Thus, what I see here are a bunch of close-minded luddites afraid of new things, and determined to block those new things from happening.

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  • pzatchok

    They are idiots but if we have to we can just launch from an offshore platform.

    And they really can’t stop a plane from landing or taking off from one of their airports. So those launchers can still be used.

    They are just going to miss out on any opportunities a dedicated facility would give them. Like taxes.

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