Rockets Over Cumberland? Hikers and Homeowners Endangered By Private Launch Pad Proposal

first_img In the history of U.S. space flight, neither NASA nor the FAA have permitted a vertical launch over private homes or people directly downrange. The risk to people and property from an exploding rocket is too great. But that may soon change if a private launch facility across from Georgia’s Cumberland Island National Seashore is approved.Cumberland and Little Cumberland Islands have just become the first communities in America to be directly downrange from a vertical launch spaceport awaiting license approval from the FAA. Hikers and campers on Cumberland Island National Seashore would be endangered by the proposed launch site, and more than sixty private homes lie in the path of rockets that Camden County commissioners hope someday to launch.On January 29, the Camden County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners filed an application to launch commercial/non-federal rockets over the Cumberland Island National Seashore and Little Cumberland Island. Camden County’s proposal to launch vertical rockets over people and their homes is without precedent in the United States.According to the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed spaceport, rocket failures are reasonably expected to occur every 18 months (a 6 percent stated failure rate with 12 proposed launches each year). It will only take one rocket failure to completely destroy Little Cumberland Island and the northern end of Cumberland Island.“What other national park or neighborhood in America faces the prospect of destruction every 1.5 years as a result of the actions of its own local government?” asks Rebecca Lang, a resident of Little Cumberland Island.Aerospace Corp. was engaged to analyze the risks associated with launching rockets from the proposed site, but Camden County has refused to make the results of the analysis public.Little Cumberland Island Homes Association, Inc., the Southern Environmental Law Center, and other groups and individuals have submitted Georgia Open Records Act requests for public disclosure of the risk analysis for the proposed spaceport. Camden County denied the requests, relying on an inapplicable exception to Open Records Act. This risk analysis contains impact dispersion diagrams of debris fields from rocket explosions all over the National Seashore and the homes of its residents.Little Cumberland Island is within the boundaries of the Cumberland Island National Seashore and is home to the longest running Loggerhead Sea Turtle Research program in the world. The Little Cumberland Lighthouse was built in 1838 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Cumberland Island National Seashore attracts 50,000 hikers and campers each year and is a United Nations Global Biosphere Reserve.For more information on the threats that Spaceport Camden poses to Cumberland Island National Seashore, visit ProtectCumberlandIsland.org.last_img read more

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Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana: ‘Barcelona is my home…’

first_imgHighly-rated Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has reiterated that ‘Barcelona is my home’ and that he would be open to a return to the club.Advertisement The Cameroon international goalkeeper has earned rave reviews at the Dutch giants whom he joined from La Masia in 2015 and helped Ajax to multiple success both domestically and in Europe. Promoted ContentThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Of The Worst Celebrity Dads In HollywoodWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Best Cars Of All Time Loading… Onana has a contract at the Amsterdam-based club until 2022 began his career at the Samuel Eto’o Foundation before joining the Blaugrana’s youth system in 2010.“It is difficult to know,” Onana told Canal + Sport Africa, via Marca, when asked if he would return to the Camp Nou. “Barcelona is my home and, if I have to come back, I will come back.“But we are far from that, since I am an Ajax goalkeeper and we will see what happens at the end of the season.”A report in Diario Sport from February outlined how Barcelona would be willing to rival interest from Chelsea in the goalkeeper this year.In an interview with RMC Sport from October, Onana said: “Barcelona came back in for me this summer. It is home to me. I was part of the club.“Logically, they are always keen to repatriate their own. Perhaps it was not the right time to go back, and maybe I will never go back! This summer, though, was not right for it.”Read Also: Chelsea place €70m price-tag on French midfielderReports had claimed that Barcelona were keen on signing Onana to replace Jasper Cillessen – who joined Valencia – but instead opting to sign Los Che goalkeeper Neto in what was effectively a swap deal.Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is the long-term first choice goalkeeper at the Camp Nou.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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