NASA deals blow to Florida's spacepor...

NASA deals blow to Florida's spaceport dreams

There are 31 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Feb 20, 2008, titled NASA deals blow to Florida's spaceport dreams. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

In a sharp blow to Florida , NASA on Tuesday chose Virginia-based Orbital Sciences to develop a spacecraft to supply the international space station after the space shuttle is retired in 2010.

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Alan

Denver, CO

#1 Feb 20, 2008
More of your money to supply NASA with foreign made hardware.
Tired Commuter

Lake Mary, FL

#2 Feb 20, 2008
Virginia is "foreign made" - did they secede from the Union AGAIN?

You want "foreign made", look at the Russian made RD-180 engines in the Atlas 5! But I'll bet you don't even know about that.

I'll be glad the Shuttle is finally winding down for good. That thing's a piece of junk.
Taxed to Death

Lehigh Acres, FL

#3 Feb 20, 2008
Why spend taxpayers money at only one site when you can spend twice as much taxpayers money at 2 sites. A ton of money was spent to build launch facilities in southern CA that was later abandoned. Building a launch site in Virginia is pure politics and a waste of taxpayers money.
mohammed speaks

Nomans Land, MA

#4 Feb 20, 2008
say what you like about the russians but they know how to stretch a buck!!
nasa spent money developing the gel pen to work in zero gravity the russians? they used a pencil !!
the soyez capsule is still the longest and most reliable thing in service.
Its going to be all the chinese computer chips that'll be the downfall.
Recordo

Miami, FL

#5 Feb 20, 2008
Florida's space coast is a poor launch site because of the weather. And it's easier to launch close to where you manufacture than to transport 1500 miles just to keep motels open. Why would you build your space vehicles in an otherwise technology-poor state (Florida)? Even Disney has its stuff brought in by truck.

The Russians did stretch a buck but they burned a lot of astronauts figuring out how to do it.

“The more things change...”

Since: Feb 08

The more they stay the same!!!

#6 Feb 20, 2008
Recordo wrote:
Florida's space coast is a poor launch site because of the weather. And it's easier to launch close to where you manufacture than to transport 1500 miles just to keep motels open. Why would you build your space vehicles in an otherwise technology-poor state (Florida)? Even Disney has its stuff brought in by truck.
The Russians did stretch a buck but they burned a lot of astronauts figuring out how to do it.
What weather is that? Sunshine and a slight breeze. Sounds terrible. You're right they should launch and land in Buffalo. The weather is much better there.
Quest

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#7 Feb 20, 2008
As the residents continue to leave Florida so will the major employers. Considering that the Florida Education system still has a problem believing in Evolution, I don't think they will have to worry about finding new qulaified employees elsewhere.
Randall Rabbit

Oviedo, FL

#8 Feb 20, 2008
Discontinuing the American shuttle before an American replacemente is flyworthy is suicide for the American Space Program. Anyone supporting that insane notion should be fired and replaced immediately with someone with a brain instead of a pile of merde between their ears. Programs must overlap - there must not be any gap allowed.
Spring is BACK

Kevil, KY

#9 Feb 20, 2008
Randall Rabbit wrote:
Discontinuing the American shuttle before an American replacemente is flyworthy is suicide for the American Space Program. Anyone supporting that insane notion should be fired and replaced immediately with someone with a brain instead of a pile of merde between their ears. Programs must overlap - there must not be any gap allowed.
I don't know if it's suicide, but, we did it before (left a gap) and doing so didn't work out so well.(At the very least, we lost a lot of time.)

I also have a question for a prev. poster -- After all these years of NASA in FL, FL is still technology poor?(Or is that something like states [other than Nevada] that get casinos, for the revenues to the gov't, don't really seem to benefit much, in the long run?)
Phisics

Lake Worth, FL

#10 Feb 20, 2008
(Sarcasm)

Letís move the lunch site farther from the equator so we will need bigger rockets to get less of a pay load into space. Well I guess we really are stupid.
Helio

Hollywood, FL

#11 Feb 20, 2008
Recordo wrote:
Florida's space coast is a poor launch site because of the weather. And it's easier to launch close to where you manufacture than to transport 1500 miles just to keep motels open. Why would you build your space vehicles in an otherwise technology-poor state (Florida)? Even Disney has its stuff brought in by truck.
The Russians did stretch a buck but they burned a lot of astronauts figuring out how to do it.
It is closer to the equator and all launches get a push from the spinning of the Earth.
VOTER

Tracy, MN

#12 Feb 20, 2008
Will the Floridian to leave please turn of the lights.
VOTER

Tracy, MN

#13 Feb 20, 2008
Will the last Floridian to leave please turn of the lights.
TamaracJeff

Memphis, TN

#14 Feb 20, 2008
Did we forget what the effects of cold weather is upon our space vehicles? A frozen fuel line; etc;?
Yes, I can see where Vriginia's weather would be a factor; albeit a negative one!
mohammed speaks

Nomans Land, MA

#15 Feb 20, 2008
CHINA HAS A DEAL WITH BRAZIL FOR A spaceport under construction now!!
MIssle crisis anyone??
Greg

Chandler, AZ

#16 Feb 20, 2008
TamaracJeff wrote:
Did we forget what the effects of cold weather is upon our space vehicles? A frozen fuel line; etc;?
Yes, I can see where Vriginia's weather would be a factor; albeit a negative one!
NASA and the Air Force satellites already being launched out of Wallops Island. It's actually a very good site to launch from for orbits with higher inclinations. And weather at the site has really not been a problem. It has far less launch delays due to lightening storms, high winds, or hurricane warnings. In fact, cold weather is not necessarily a bad thing. During last weeks ILS Proton launch from Biakanur...the temperature was below freezing.
mac

Lake Worth, FL

#17 Feb 20, 2008
This is one good reason our congressman, Dave Weldon is retiring. As far as I am concerned, he blew it by not keeping abreast with Patrick AFB and the NASA people at Cape Canaveral. After 40 years of developing the launch site, Congressman has failed the central Florida area in not being a part of the space program to retain Cape Canaveral as the spaceport of the U.S. Glad he is leaving and hope the next replacement to him will get on the ball before we lose it all.
mac

Lake Worth, FL

#18 Feb 20, 2008
Tired Commuter wrote:
Virginia is "foreign made" - did they secede from the Union AGAIN?
You want "foreign made", look at the Russian made RD-180 engines in the Atlas 5! But I'll bet you don't even know about that.
I'll be glad the Shuttle is finally winding down for good. That thing's a piece of junk.
I guess retiring congressman Dave Weldon is in your ball park, as he dropped the ball in his total lack of representing the Cape Canaveral , Patrick Air Force Base installations. Hope you do not have a job in Brevard County, as you must not realize the impact the space program has been to the county. Since congressman Weldon is retiring this year, you might like to go to his going away party.
carlos

Alpharetta, GA

#19 Feb 20, 2008
I support them, send me 5 million
carlos

Alpharetta, GA

#20 Feb 20, 2008
and the lottery is to raise money for schools.....and "i'll pull out" and........NO NEW TAXES!!!

All great ones....
Spring is BACK wrote:
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I don't know if it's suicide, but, we did it before (left a gap) and doing so didn't work out so well.(At the very least, we lost a lot of time.)
I also have a question for a prev. poster -- After all these years of NASA in FL, FL is still technology poor?(Or is that something like states [other than Nevada] that get casinos, for the revenues to the gov't, don't really seem to benefit much, in the long run?)

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