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January 14-20, 2019 / Vol 38, No 2 / Hawai`i Island, USA

11 Jan 2019, 19:11 UTC
January 14-20, 2019 / Vol 38, No 2 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Pacific Space Access, Pacific Aloha Spaceport Hawai’i Possibilities: Truly Pacific, Offshore

The idea of Hawai’i Island access to space is being revived by the Alaska Aerospace Company, among others, which plans to perform studies around Kea’au to assess if there is potential to build a Spaceport. While many important cultural and environmental issues must be discussed thoroughly and sensitively, in general Hawaii is an appealing location for astronautics as it is near the center of the Pacific Hemisphere, midway between two mainlands, the southernmost point in the USA, and offers offshore omnidirectional equatorial / polar launch opportunities over population-free regions. As a leader in 21st Century astronomy, and host to world class observatories already standing on Mauna Kea, Hawaii could be an ideal platform to launch the next-gen voyages of exploration and set sail for the Stars. Development of truly Pacific, peaceful, commercial space access from the Aloha state would have major indications for the entire Pacific Rim, Asia, America North, America South, Antarctica, Australia and Oceania, as well as commercial enterprises. Fully-contained sea launch systems with non-toxic propellants towed to optimal offshore locations for private / scientific / educational missions might be worth proposing for the East side of ...

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