Sunday, October 23, 2005

Wisconsin May Open Private Spaceport

Spaceport Launch

     MADISON, Wis., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Wisconsin legislators are promoting a plan to create a spaceport in the country's top cheese-making state.

     The proposal would set up a nine-member Wisconsin Aerospace Authority to promote the state among private entrepreneurs planning to go extraterrestrial, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. Sheboygan would be the state's Houston, allowing failed rockets to fall into Lake Michigan.

     Bob Cook, head of the Wisconsin Transportation Development Association, thinks the plan has some lift.

     "As long as there's not much state money involved, I think it makes sense," Cook said. "There's an industry out there that's growing and it's smart to do what we can to try to take advantage."

     He said the federal government appears to have lost interest in NASA, creating space, as it were, for the private sector.

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