News Release 6:
South Dakota Governor Mike Round - Space Port
May 16, 2005
On May 16, 2005, Norm Hansen,
Energy USA Inc, President, wrote South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds that we would
like to use Ellsworth’s facilities as a Spaceport for taking thousands of people
on Space Adventures to space stations orbiting the Earth in minutes. The
Space Island Group plans to build circular amusement parks that will rotate
at one-third normal gravity to enable dining, bathing, and other activities
without the harmful physical zero-gravity effects.
requested to have a meeting with the Governor and his staff to discuss the
enormous opportunities for Western South Dakota. We are particularly interested
in the transition plans and when the property would be transferred back to the
State of South Dakota. Ellsworth could be converted into an international
airport. Our future plans include
taking people on Space Adventures to colonies on the Moon in hours, planets in
days, and with advanced technology, the stars in weeks.
U.S. Department of Defense has
recommended that Ellsworth Air Force Base be closed. The S.D. Governor, U.S.
Senator John Thune, and U.S. Senator Tim Johnson are working to keep the base
open. However, if the base is going to be closed, the Governor's Office is
developing a alternate plan to obtain the property from the federal government
along with approximately $600 million in transition and
economic recovery assistance.
Ellsworth AFB could be used to develop a new technology-based economy for the
Black Hills Area by creating hundreds of businesses and tens of thousands of new