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Enlarge / An Ariane 5 rocket takes off on Wednesday evening from Kourou, French Guiana. (credit: ESA)

Welcome to Edition 5.10 of the Rocket Report! There is much, and more, happening in the world of lift with Firefly set to make a second launch its Alpha rocket, and NASA still attempting to make a first launch of its Space Launch System booster. Word of warning: There may not be a Rocket Report next week as I will be traveling on assignment.

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Inside the long, drawn-out battle for Georgia’s spaceport. In a lengthy feature article, NBC news explores the long, seven-year battle in Georgia to develop a spaceport that would launch rockets over two barrier islands. Remarkably, with an annual budget of just $57 million, Camden County has so far spent $12 million in taxpayer money on the heretofore futile effort. “We’re paying taxes year after year after year for the spaceport, but nothing has materialized,” said Camden resident Steve Weinkle, who has become one of the most vocal opponents of the project. “This is our ‘bridge to nowhere.’”

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