Sunday, April 29, 2007
Wallops Better Than Canaveral for ISS Missions Says SpaceX CEO
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk considers Wallops Island "arguably the best launch site in the country" for missions to the space station in a report published today in The Virginian Pilot.
The advantage is location, Musk told Jon Glass of The Virginian Pilot. First, rockets launched from the spaceport would arc over the ocean, limiting risks to populated areas. More important, Wallops Island's latitude is aligned to the space station's orbit, meaning it takes less fuel and expense to send a rocket there from the spaceport's pad.