Ok, we might not be able to grow peaches in space….yet (hello, aeroponics!), but it’s possible south Georgia could launch some into space if we land a bid for SpaceX to build a spaceport. Michael Mealling and Bob Scaringe pen two separate editorials on Rick Badie’s AJC blog. According to Michael, Georgia was the 2nd choice for the spaceport now in Cape Canaveral, FL back during the ’60s.
Georgia now has a 2nd chance to get a spaceport. Is it something worth pursuing? Perhaps. NASA has been contracting with private companies to launch supply missions to the International Space Station, and there will probably be plenty of opportunities to utilize a spaceport for space ventures made by private companies.
It’s something that we should at least talk about. Think of the number of science and technology jobs, as well as the number of supporting jobs, that would be created. Before you know it, you’ll start hearing on your scanner: “someone go find the matches….we’re gonna launch this thing.”
*I did happen to have Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s breakfast of coffee and croissant this morning, but that was merely coincidental.