Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Florida Trying to Keep Up With New Mexico in Spaceport Development

Florida legislators today lamented the loss of the new Virgin Galactic spaceport to New Mexico. Calling future development deals "Florida's to lose" state Sen. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, really hit the nail on the head.
It's unclear what the officials plan to do about it, although some have promised to make swift changes. Past efforts at preventing the hemorrhaging of jobs from NASA have proved unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson knew a good thing he saw it: The state is paying the $225 million spaceport building costs and giving Virgin Galactic a 20-year lease. They anticipate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in further investment in the burgeoning space launch industry.

New Mexico is already host to the X-Prize Cup and the future Rocket Racing League Finals.

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