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March 18-24, 2013 / Vol 32, No 11 / Hawai`i Island, USA

15 Mar 2013, 21:45 UTC
March 18-24, 2013 / Vol 32, No 11 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Pacific Space Access: Versatile Offshore Launch Facilities to Moon, Mars, Islands Beyond
Opportunities abound for 21st Century innovation and revitalization with proposals for Aloha Pacific Space Access in the Central Pacific, linking Asia and the Americas in collaboration on the new frontier. Fully contained sea launch systems with non-toxic propellants towed to optimal offshore locations from home ports in Hilo, Hawai`i or Honolulu, Oahu would ensure minimal disruption to local environments. There is strong demand for high efficiency equatorial launch facilities, not just from Russia, Japan, Korea and China but also ambitious commercial / NewSpace organizations. This could provide the contract volume to ensure return on investment above and beyond the intrinsic benefits of high tech development, and direct continuation of the Hawaii legacy of launching great voyages of exploration. While the Hawaii legislature hears proposals for offshore space launch initiatives it is also actively seeking an FAA Spaceport license for horizontal takeoff suborbital space tourism flights. Another proposal by the Hawaii-based Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) is to develop sustainable basalt concrete utilization and 3D additive building techniques. This would provide Hawaii with a low-cost locally sourced alternative to imported concrete and facilitate analog experimentation for ...

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