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Balloon payment: County foray into space as dubious as it is inspired

The idea of Pima County Supervisors rocketing into the space biz provides guffaws that write themselves. However, manned spaceflight has been turned over to the private sector and I'll tell you the folks at the Kennedy Space Center weren't laughing at World View. They were eager to rip World View from Tucson and relocate it on the shores of Cape Canaveral. The county's move to keep the company here has been met with hostility, derision and legal threats. I concur and completely disagree. ... Read more»

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Apr 5, 2016, 3:12 pm
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Blake…you need look no further than U of A and their CS and Aerospace and ECE degrees blah blah.  We HAVE educated geeks here…oh yes we do.  The challenge is keeping them HERE.  The ones I know the last few years go east to work for WalMart central processing…up north to work for the Microsoft or Apple or fill in the blank tech god that a way.
I may have a emotional tug when it comes to space, considering my family history and I was born in the Space Capital of the World, Huntsville, due to early space stuff….so admittedly my objectivity may not be there…but damn it….selfishly I’d love Tucson to become a little hub like Huntsville did nearly 60 years ago…look up that city’s history…it happened because a few visionary pie in the sky engineers set up shop….and the rest of the story speaks for itself.

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Apr 6, 2016, 4:59 pm
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Bet Raytheon - a multi-billion dollar stock-owner company - has received its share of goodies from Pima County. Don’t worry about the factory in Huntsville. Nothing could have stopped it because all of the other Beltway Bandits are there and RayCorp had to be where one of its customers is.

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