View Single Post
Old 12-15-2016, 03:36 PM
wevets wevets is offline
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: hobgoblin of geographers
Posts: 4,207
Originally Posted by Dobbs View Post
Yah, but Trump is going to be the boss of the Air Force, and if he says no to NASA, he isn't likely to let you use his base.
Why would he care what launch contracts the Air Force enters into? Has any President in the past ever stopped the Air Force from signing a launch contract?

And even if he did care, what's to stop California from using Kourou in the French Guiana or Baikonur in Kazakhstan? Neither of those launch facilities are purely government-use only either.

No, Stranger on a Train has it right - a launch facility is the least of the barriers to California launching a satellite - and the real barrier is cost of construction of the satellite and monitoring system. It would make a lot more sense for California to simply partner with the European Space Agency on existing Earth observation missions like Envisat.