Representative Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai-Kalama Valley) said today that Hawaii will never be the same again with the passage of House Bill 994.
The measure, “Relating to Space Tourism” sets in motion a licensing process for Hawaii to become a space port for weightless and supersonic flights. “Weightlessness flights will be a big boost to tourism and make us an even more attractive destination area,” Ward said.
Space tourism is a potential billion dollar global industry that could significantly increase state revenue sources, provide new aerospace jobs, and rejuvenate economic development in Hawaii.
“Not too far into the future there will be transpacific flights by rocket planes that can take off like a normal airplane in Honolulu, then reach a certain altitude, fire its rockets, and be in Japan in just 45 minutes,” Ward said.
HB 994 is expected pass easily in both House and Senate final votes next week. The 2009 Legislative Session has been extended by two additional days and ends May 8th.