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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Richardson Touts New Mexico Space

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, now out of the Democratic presidential contest, was back in Washington the past week touting his state's budding commercial spaceport with NASA, the Congress, and looking for funding for the Upham, New Mexico's Spaceport America slated to open in 2010.

Richardson believes Spaceport America in particular, and space commercialization in general, can be an important piece of New Mexico's future economy. And most of the economic benefit will land in our backyard, it was reported in the Las Cruces Sun-News.

Despite the influence of Florida, Texas and California, Richardson avers his western state of New Mexico makes more sense than any of them for commercial space travel. The governor frequently notes that there is history, expertise, great flying weather, lots of open space and sparsely populated land and, because of the altitude, the first mile's free in New Mexico.

With but a few days until the April 22 vote in Sierra County, New Mexico on a gross recepits tax to support the construction of the spaceport, Richardson may be telling the story more over the next few days.


John Benac said...

Why didn't Bill talk space during his presidential bid. He obviously thinks that it is important.

Perhaps the other candidates think it is important like Bill does but for the same reasons that he kept silent they aren't being more supportive publicly.

Anonymous said...

He was busy helping North Korea get the bomb.