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Texas & Florida Vie For Private Lunar Company Golden Spike's HQ 38

Posted by timothy
from the let's-settle-this-out-back dept.
MarkWhittington writes "The Denver Post reported on July 12, 2013 that Texas and Florida, already embroiled in a fight over which state will be the venue for SpaceX's commercial space port, are now vying to be the site of the headquarters of a company that, while smaller, has much loftier ambitions. Golden Spike, the Boulder, Colorado based company that proposes to start commercial space flights to the moon with paying customers, is being courted by Texas and Florida to leave Colorado and to relocate its headquarters in either state."
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Texas & Florida Vie For Private Lunar Company Golden Spike's HQ

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  • by Cryacin (657549) on Saturday July 13, 2013 @07:45AM (#44268927)
    I'm sure Cape Kennedy will be up for auction shortly.

    (Truly, truly wish I could laugh at the absurdity.)
  • by Bearhouse (1034238) on Saturday July 13, 2013 @08:47AM (#44269089)

    What sane legislator would seriously want to associate themselves with the hucksters at Golden Spike?
    They've as much chance of getting you to the moon and back as the YMCA.
    Look at the linked site, it's mostly full of invitations to contribute cash and otherwise "contribute"...

    On the overall cost and technology, it's suspiciously thin, apart from saying it can pretty much be done with available, commercial technology. Kind of. Yeah right.

    I'd love to go to the moon, but I don't have a spare 20 billion lying around, (the rough cost of each previous moon landing).
    My guess is few people do.

    • by Cenan (1892902)

      I'd love to go to the moon, but I don't have a spare 20 billion lying around, (the rough cost of each previous moon landing).
      My guess is few people do.

      This lady does apparently [wikipedia.org], she's on the board of directors [goldenspikecompany.com].
      I had a similar line of thought when I read the summary, and wanted to see what kind of people were actually backing this venture. Two venture capitalists and a bunch of ex-NASA VIPs on the board. The funny thing about this company is the board of advisors, stuffed full of Hollywood leftovers, among them apparently a set designer on Star Trek; that's interesting.

      • by slew (2918)

        This is clearly a company set up for the sole purpose of getting a NASA sub-contract for moon exploration. These types of companies are setup all the time to help fleece the American taxpayers. They stuff their board of directors and advisor lists with well known folks with political connections and shake the trees in Washington D.C. until the money "leaves" come raining down. To help them hire lobbyists and last long enough to actually get sub-contracts, they are currently attempting some crowdsource fun

    • by Bearhouse What sane legislator would seriously want to associate themselves with the hucksters at Golden Spike?

      Why should any legislator, sane or insane associate themselves with this in the first place? This is a private sector business. As for costs your numbers seem a bit high even for Government funded projects and really have nothing to do with this one since it is private and on a smaller scale I'm sure. No $400.00 hammers etc. :-)

    • What sane king or queen would seriously want to associate themselves with the hucksters at Mayflower Enterprises?

      They've as much chance of getting you to the New World and back as Delft Pottery Barn.

      Look at their Sunday sermons, it's mostly full of invitations to contribute cash and otherwise "contribute"...

      On the overall cost and technology, it's suspiciously thin, apart from saying it can pretty much be done with available, commercial technology. Kind of. Yeah right.

      I'd love to go to the the New World, bu

  • It's not coincidental that Texas and Florida are the home of some of the worst land speculator rip-offs in history.

    But I'm sure we'll see a lot of cheerleading around here. From the same people who want to tell us that solar and wind power are just too "out there" to be considered.

    Please line up for your deeds to Actual Moon Real Estate!! and HOTELS IN SPACE!1!!

  • Try this one out for size. You need employees. You need customers to visit your company. Now do you think that the Treasure Coast of Florida just might attract people like a magnet whereas Texas, with its difficult climate and barbaric legal system, will attract next to no one at all. And it doesn't hurt one bit that from the Cape to Disney is a minor drive.

  • Unfortunately, if what we are talking about is a legitimate company, both states are not going to be in the running. Both states have set themselves on a path of politics that makes them look like third world countries, focusing on personal needs and wants of the politicians rather than building business in the states. It is no surprise that in Texas, for instance, tech companies have been failing. No one who has a choice wants to move where personal liberties are constantly under attack.

    If this is not

  • I never understood the practical reasons for locating mission control in Houston. Seems to me it was a purely political play by Johnson. Wouldn't you want to be as close to the equator as possible to maximize the benefits of the earth's rotation? Wouldn't that mean Key West? And why wouldn't you consider Puerto Rico?

    • by westlake (615356)

      I never understood the practical reasons for locating mission control in Houston. Wouldn't you want to be as close to the equator as possible to maximize the benefits of the earth's rotation? Wouldn't that mean Key West? And why wouldn't you consider Puerto Rico?

      Hurricanes.

    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      I never understood the practical reasons for locating mission control in Houston. Seems to me it was a purely political play by Johnson. Wouldn't you want to be as close to the equator as possible to maximize the benefits of the earth's rotation? Wouldn't that mean Key West? And why wouldn't you consider Puerto Rico?

      Why? Mission control doesn't leave earth, so why put it there? Mission control can be anywhere really - since you're already relying on a huge network of remote antennas to communicate and get t

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