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What is “Spaceport America” but a Political Classhole Slush-Fund?
by Mike Blessing
mikewb1971@protonmail.com

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Facebook always yields instances of the Political Classholes getting caught with their pants down and their hands in the cookie jar —

Peter St. Cyr
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 10:32 AM

An Independent audit confirms serious operational and management problems at Spaceport America. I repeatedly told embattled Director Dan Hicks he could not write his own public records law. This facility was constructed with taxpayer money and needs to be transparent to avoid these kinds of problems in the future. Click to read the report here: https://osa-app.org/uploads/2020/66dacc30-9870-49f4-874a-f4b26d09aaa6/Spaceport Authority - Investigation of Complaint Final Report.pdf

And what exactly has been launched from "Spaceport America" besides a few suborbital flights?

Wasn't Virgin Galactic the "anchor tenant" for whom Reichsgovernor Richardson built this particular elephante blanco?

From SpaceNews — Virgin Galactic declares Spaceport America ready for SpaceShipTwo , by Jeff Foust, 15 August 2019 —

Virgin Galactic didn't give a date for when it expects SpaceShipTwo to arrive at the spaceport — WhiteKnightTwo will return to Mojave to fly it to New Mexico — but that when it arrives the company will start with a couple of glide flights to test those upgraded flight controls and to get familiar with the airspace.

Once those are done, "we'll be ready for rocket-powered flights," he said. While there is no set number of powered test flights planned before SpaceShipTwo is ready for commercial operations, Moses noted there are currently eight hybrid rocket motors stockpiled at the spaceport.

Two other SpaceShipTwo vehicles are under construction in Mojave. Moses said the first of those two should be ready to begin flight tests in 2020.

At this rate, will Virgin Galactic be ready to launch anything by 2120?

Considering Virgin Galactic's pre-COVID glacial pace of operations where "Spaceport America" is concerned, on top of the Beer Bug-inspired shutdown mania, it's probably safe to say that 2020 is a write-off at this point.

But there's always 2021, right?

Go ahead and feel free to make that bet.

But hey, at least "Spaceport America" has a nice new lounge that Governess Chipmunk can use to host one of her COVID-non-compliant parties

For what it's worth, that State Auditor's report that St. Cyr linked to above is great fun, if you get your kicks by reading about some of the ways that the Political Classholes have fun at our expense.

 

Copyright © 2020 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.

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