Friday Flybys - 3.30.07
By the way, commenting on the increase in interest of many states in establishing their own spaceports, Patti noted, "I am happy today not to have the problem of a launch site proposed from Manhattan." (Alas, some of us native Mahattanites do want a spaceport here. Well, maybe upstate? To my knowledge, the new governor has never gone on the record to dismiss the possibility....)
If you don't have a chance to view the CSIS presentation, Clark at HobbySpace also posted Patti's prepared statement, including her update on rulemaking re experimental permits regs.
(By the way SLP seconds the suggestion raised at CSIS that Patti go on Oprah to talk about space tourism!)
In honor of NOAA, wishing everyone good space and earth weather this weekend. ;)
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"...Space flight, which has been almost exclusively a spectator sport since it began, is about to open the gates to public participation. What a remarkable development that is. People who are not pilots, not scientists, not military officers, not specialists and, so far, not astronauts, will be able to take a ride to space. It will all be made possible by private entrepreneurs, investing their own resources in their own dreams and inviting the public to buy a ticket and join them."
--Patti Grace Smith, FAA/AST