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In Texas, a spaceport struggles to soar
Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 12/31/2012 3:22:26 PM

Brownville, TX - Texas space aficionados hope rockets will someday be launched into orbit from a beachside site near the U.S.-Mexico border, but a tight state budget and a previously frustrated attempt to land such a spaceport could complicate efforts. Backers of a proposal to build a launch site at Boca Chica Beach, about 25 miles east of Brownsville, concede finding more money to lure California-based SpaceX to the state´s southernmost tip will be a challenge. (Snip) Still, some officials think the state´s ability to offer a blank canvas for a dedicated commercial spaceport in the same state
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Nothing would warm my heart more than to bring this technology and hi-tech jobs here. However, if memory serves correctly, this is a violent corner of Texas because of close border with Mexico. People who have these skills should have a comfortable environment to create their´s and Texas´ future in this aerospace field.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: hoosier observer, 12/31/2012 5:51:37 PM     (No. 9092073)

I would bet that people with these skills are fully capable of making a hole in that part of the world that drug gangs will find inhospitable. Engineers are short on people skills but deal with reality and its shortcomings all day long. It would make for interesting viewing.

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