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Spaceport could be in the stars for Sheboygan

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Wed Nov 30, 2005 4:50 am
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The Daily Cardinal notes:

spaceport in the city of Sheboygan could play host to space tourism under a bill that received wide-ranging support at a public hearing at the Capitol Monday.

The Senate Committee on Job Creation, Economic Development and Consumer Affairs heard overwhelming support for Senate Bill 352, which would establish the Wisconsin Aerospace Authority—a group that would have the power to develop space facilities, spacecraft and spaceports.

George French, The CEO of Rocketplane seems to agree:

CEO of Rocketplane, Inc supports the bill and said Sheboygan is an ideal location for a spaceport because it has a large body of water, Lake Michigan, off its east coast. He said Wisconsin has the opportunity to tap the growing industry of commercial space travel.

The committee also received testimony from two former astronauts who both supported the bill. Mark C. Lee, former U.S. Air Force colonel and astronaut, said a spaceport in Sheboygan would be “a destination that draws people from around the world.”

And meanwhile upcoming:

Rockets for Schools 2006 is scheduled for Friday, May 12 – Saturday, May 13 at the Blue Harbor Conference Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The conference center is located on the south side of the harbor. As in the past, this event will be open to the general public on both days. Sixth through 12th grade students will launch scale model rockets with scientific experiments onboard while working beside industry professionals. The launch weekend includes the following:

  • Visit from an Astronaut
  • Educational program on rocketry
  • Participation in student launches
  • Teaming with other students from several states
  • Working with professionals in the field
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