Good New for Florida: Boeing Chooses Discovery Hangar for CST-100 Work


Florida Today
reports that Boeing has finalized plans to assemble its new CST-100 spacecraft at Cape Canaveral:

The Boeing Co. next week will confirm plans to assemble a commercial space capsule in one of the former shuttle hangars at Kennedy Space Center, work that could create more than 500 jobs.

The company on Tuesday emailed invitations to VIP guests for a 10 a.m. Monday event at a hangar that formerly housed the orbiter Discovery.

The invitation from John Elbon, head of Boeing’s space exploration division, promises a “milestone commercial space event.”

Elbon in July told FLORIDA TODAY the company was in discussions with NASA and Space Florida — and other states — about facilities suitable for manufacturing work on its seven-person CST-100 capsule…

Elbon said this summer that the local workforce, combined with proximity to the launch site, were advantages for KSC.

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