New Mexico legislature advances spaceport sale bill

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A state bill to sell Spaceport America, New Mexico’s spaceport built to service Virgin Galactic’s oft-delayed space tourism business, has advanced out of its first committee.

The bill still needs to clear two more committees before it gets a floor vote, but considering the lack of progress at Virgin Galactic, I would not be surprised if it passes. The high hopes that created this spaceport a decade ago have now faded into a boondoggle that New Mexico probably can no longer afford.


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  • Edward

    On the other hand, a non-government operator of the spaceport may provide better service with faster response times for current and future tenants than a bureaucratic government-run operation could. Although this could be a disappointment and immediate loss of money for the state of New Mexico, I think that the businesses that a spaceport will attract will eventually generate enough tax revenue to recover the state’s initial investment, even though the state wouldn’t profit directly from owning the spaceport.

  • Sad, it has come this, but the state failed to understand and anticipate the risks of the spaceport. I agree Edward that the spaceport will eventually produce fruit. I suspect a commercially viable spaceport will arise in California because of geography and the presence f technology firms there.

  • Pzatchok

    Wouldn’t launches from California pose the risk of any falling debris landing in populated areas?

    I thought that was why we tried to launch from Texas and Florida. To take advantage of the Earths rotation and the fact that all the rockets launch over water.

    The only thing truly viable to launch from NM is the sub orbital flights Virgin first tried. Straight up and straight down.

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