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Sharmaal
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http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/s pace/12/15/silver.dart/index.h tml


London Ontario! I've always thought that this is the next step. Granted, there are other regions that are further along, how hard could it be to catch up. I wonder if this region makes for a good "Spaceport" Somewhere in the middle of the state?
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Fnemecek
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Well, there is the vacant Michigan Space Center in Jackson.
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Mw2gs
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Dont you need an education in math & science for that? Not here
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Jiminnm
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Please, we don't need competition from a spaceport in Michigan. Our want-to-be President, Gov Bill Richardson, has committed $100 million in New Mexico state funds for a commerical spaceport in southern NM (pending almost assured passage of legislation). The total cost is currently estimatd to be about $300 million. Richardson held a press conference with Richard Branson (of Virgin Airlines fame) earlier this week, as Branson plans to begin offering commercial space flights in 2007 or 2008, and wants the NM site. Apparently, many folks have already ponied up $200,000 toward the costs of their flights.
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Mcp001
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Building them here, good idea (it's not as if we don't have the manfacturing capacity/ability).

Lauching them here, well that's where physics steps in.

It's more energy efficient to launch an object as close to the equator as possible.

Florida (or Southern California) is okay. French Guiana works too. But Michigan is about 45 degrees off of the mark for an ideal launch site.
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Ndavies
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All of the big three had aerospace divisions at one time or another. There just wasn't enough money in it after the fall of the Soviet Union. Most of the aerospace industry was involved in missile development.
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Mcp001
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A lot of what was mentioned in the article was "off the shelf" technology anyway, so that should help tilt the odds in our favor.

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