(BIVN) – The Kaʻū community sounded off on representatives and supporters of SpinLaunch on Saturday, packing a community meeting intended to provide more information on the company developing a new satellite launch system.
The Naʻalehu Community Center was packed by residents, many of them enraged that yet another launch facility was considering using the shores of Kaʻū as a potential location. Previous spaceport proposals in the district have been met with staunch opposition.
The outcry comes as House Bill 2559 HD1 SD1 passed the Senate last week. The bill would authorize the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist SpinLaunch Inc., with “the financing of the planning, design, and construction of a satellite launch system”, to be located somewhere in Hawaiʻi. The bill initially recommended SpinLaunch, Inc. would construct a satellite launch system on the Island of Hawai‘i – such as Pohue Bay in the Ka‘u District – but that language in the bill has since been changed.
State Senator Glenn Wakai, who supports the bill, apologized for not consulting with Kaʻū sooner. His apology was not enough to stem the shouting on Saturday.