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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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Local Texas city council votes to keep spaceport

The Midland, Texas city council today voted to renew its contract with the company managing its spaceport there.

The council voted 6-1 to renew its contract with SilverWing Enterprises, an aerospace consulting company that manages Midland’s spaceport license. The one vote came from Spencer Robnett, who has been public with his belief that the spaceport needs to be shut down.

“Yeah I don’t think it would ever have a chance in Midland,” Robnett said. “I do think the space business and space technology and aerospace sector is evolving. There’s a lot of money being invested in it by billionaires, Bezos, Musk, and Branson. Unfortunately we don’t have a billionaire in Midland chasing aerospace investment. We’ve got a small economic development corporation that takes direction from the city council.”

Robnett might have a point. Midland’s spaceport had been the base of operations for XCOR’s Lynx, and with XCOR bankrupt and gone there doesn’t seem to be a lot of interest by anyone else in flying any rockets from there. Part of their problem is their location, which is far from the coast and would likely limit the launch options in order to avoid populated areas.

The question has to be: What does Midland offer to rocket companies that other spaceports don’t? Until they can provide an answer to that question, the money the council is spending on this spaceport is probably going to waste.

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5 comments

  • FC

    It has the lucrative Midland to Odessa suborbital route.

  • Col Beausabre

    Bob – “would likely limit the launch options in order to avoid populated areas”

    Maybe they can talk the Chinese into using it…they might even view that as a plus.

  • It appears Councilman Robnett understands how capitalism works.

    @FC: that’s funny.

  • pzatchok

    In my mind this is like Peru building a billion dollar Olympic stadium.

    Will it ever be used?

  • Edward

    Robert wrote: “The question has to be: What does Midland offer to rocket companies that other spaceports don’t?

    That is an important question for any free market operation.

    Mojave Spaceport has a long history of technical development and plenty of neighborly engineers whose brains can be picked in order to solve a problem — a big plus. Unfortunately it is located in California, a huge minus, which is exactly why XCOR had decided to develop Lynx in California but operate it elsewhere.

    I think that if California didn’t have such idiots running the asylum, few other states would be able to compete in any way with alternate spaceports.

    So one answer is that Midland offers being not California. But then, so does every other non-Mojave spaceport.

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