By Victoria McClain
The SpaceX launch program may be good for parts of the community but their unreliable schedule for launches is becoming problematic.
I have lived in Lompoc for 35+ years. My previous 5 dogs had no problem with the missiles. Two of them actually were our early warning missile launch dogs. They only howled for missile launches and they would start howling minutes before a launch giving us time to get outside to watch them.
My current pair of Lab-Catahoula mixed breed dogs hate the missile launches. They cower and hide, shake and roll their eyes. If there is the accompanying sonic boom, they get in the closet and won’t come out for hours.
Despite rearranging my schedule to be home with them, it has gotten to the point where I have to medicate them. I premedicate them for the launch and then they cancel for weather or they cancel because there is a launch at Cape Canaveral. (If that is already a known factor, why to they reschedule to that day and then cancel). Last month I medicated my dogs 4 days in a row due to their scheduling ineptitude. This month I’m on day 2 of medicating my dogs. The launch is rescheduled for tomorrow…that will be day three.
They need to get their act together. It is unfair to the citizens of this community to have to rearrange and reschedule their lives because they don’t have the forethought to think things through before they cancel launches the morning of a scheduled launch.
The amount of money they get paid would lead you to think they could look at a weather forecast and cancel appropriately the day before. You would think that the West coast and East coast branches of SoaceX could have each other’s schedule in order to prevent rescheduling on the same day. At the very least, SpaceX could have an up to date website that the community could reference instead of having to dig through websites and newscasts to track down the semi latest news on launches. Just saying…
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