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Franklin Chang-Diaz wants to build magneto-plasma rockets. In Central America.

Doing the jobs Americans won't do, I guess.

Posted by Rand Simberg at May 30, 2006 08:24 AM
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Well, it is interesting to note that he plans on doing almost of the manufacturing work in the US.

About 90 percent of the rocket production process would be done in Houston, but about ten percent would be performed at a laboratory Chang-Diaz has on Costa Rica's Pacific coast.

So probably not a good example of outsourcing. ;-)

Posted by Karl Hallowell at May 30, 2006 08:54 AM

Costa Rica's Pacific coast is becoming a hot real estate market for US expats. Maybe Chang-Diaz has a home down there?

Posted by Paul Dietz at May 30, 2006 08:59 AM

Actually, it's probably just an excuse for Franklin to outsource himself to Costa Rica. To do the job that one Costa-Rican-American doesn't want to have to do in Houston. ;-)

Posted by Rand Simberg at May 30, 2006 09:03 AM

The post was very deliberately misleading since, as indicated by another, 90 percent of the work would be done in Houston. As for Rand's snarky comment about Chang-Diaz, one wonders where he would spend most of his time if most of the work is being done in Texas.

Posted by Mark R Whittington at May 30, 2006 09:10 AM

Ummmm...Mark? I know that your sense of humor was apparently excised at an early age, so I'll tell you that it was a joke.

Posted by Rand Simberg at May 30, 2006 09:16 AM

Ahhh Rand. It wasn't very funny.

Posted by Mark R Whittington at May 30, 2006 09:25 AM

The reason the work will be done in Texas is because that's where all the Central American's will be living soon, if the Senate gets it's way.

Posted by Steve at May 30, 2006 11:26 AM

Mark, you are a humorless little turd.

Posted by Orville at May 30, 2006 11:27 AM

Ed, you are a humorless little turd too!

Posted by Wilbur at May 30, 2006 11:41 AM

Orville and Wilbur are pretty funny.

Posted by Mark R. Whittington at May 30, 2006 12:18 PM

Disheartening that Costa Ricans only get to do 10% of the work. Hopefully over time Costa Ricans will be doing all of the work on the rockets.

Posted by X at May 30, 2006 09:16 PM

Steve --

Costa Rica actually has an immigration problem similar to the one we have in the US. Poor Nicaraguans have been pouring across the border to take advantage of the better economic conditions in Costa Rica.

Posted by Phil at May 31, 2006 11:08 AM

I know. I used to work for a poultry equipment company and the Costa Rican hatcheries were getting in trouble for illegal workers in the mid 1990's, go figure.

Maybe we should all sneak into C eh N eh D eh! Like their syrup, love their beer!!

Posted by Steve at May 31, 2006 02:37 PM

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