"I see really big trouble ahead," said Robert Manning, who helped conduct the survey. "I am sorry to say that because I think snowmobiling is a very important recreation activity in Vermont. I think it contributes to the economy. I think it's part of Vermont's culture, but I don't know that snowmobiling is sustainable into the future."
"We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment of the launch," Col. Manning said in a statement, adding that the North American Aerospace Defense Command assessed that the launch did not pose a threat to North America, U.S. territories or allies.