Paso Robles moving ahead with spaceport project

June 20, 2022

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

The Paso Robles City Council this month advanced plans for the creation of a commercial spaceport in the North County city. [Tribune]

Paso Robles is currently preparing to apply for an FAA spaceport license, which would permit the city to transform its underused airport into a commercial spaceport. Contractor Tartaglia Engineering is assisting the city with the preparing for the licensing process.

On June 7, the council voted 4-0 to approve a budget of up to $140,000 for the next stage of the licensing application process, which will involve research, communication with local authorities and visualizing more concepts of the spaceport. Council members and investors say the spaceport would diversify Paso Robles’s economy, which is mostly based on wine and tourism.

Currently, there are 14 approved commercial spaceports in the United States, only one of which is in California. The lone commercial spaceport in California is located in the Mojave Desert.


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IDBOUND

I wonder if Weyrich will be handed the shovel and golden key on ground breaking day at Spacely Sprockets


JamesD

I don’t think there will be any toxic emissions or noise or water use with the new electric rockets.


kevin rise

Oh Paso. Now we’ll have rockets; with toxic emissions and noise, excessive water use required to launch, rent hikes, inflation of living. Airport is only used by billionaires and their planes flying into paso to drink the devil’s juice; the Resnicks and other psychopaths vineyards devil’s drink raped from the soil; wine. Disaster waiting to happen. Cancer rates near airports and military bases anyone? It’s pretty bad. Paso will bend over for anyone anytime at the cost of it’s soul. Failed roads, crime, over development, drugs, too many drugs here especially wine and boose, duis, etc etc. Paso is the armpit of north county. Sell out, sell in, Watch the Roman Empire burn in 10 years as the water is all gone. 10 years.


Florian75

No rockets will be launched in the traditional sense from the Paso Robles Airport. If any launches occur, a rocket will be carried aloft by a specially modified aircraft, and it will be drop-deployed in a horizontal launch far from the coastline, safely over the Pacific Ocean.


kevin rise

Ok point proven. New emissions of jet fuel, infrastructure etc, more and more planes that weren’t there, etc etc. Jobs, only for university grads and the 1%.