Jeff Bezos to Make Commercial Launch Announcement Next Month

New Shepard flight test (Credit: Blue Origin)
New Shepard flight test (Credit: Blue Origin)

Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos is set to make a “significant announcement concerning the commercial launch industry” at Cape Canaveral on Sept. 15.

The announcement is expected to confirm Blue Origin’s intent to build rockets on the Space Coast and launch them from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The company has been negotiating a package with Space Florida and other agencies that would result in construction of a manufacturing facility in Exploration Park just south of Kennedy Space Center’s secure area on Merritt Island, and eventual launches of orbital human spaceflight missions from Launch Complex 36.

Space Florida’s board last week gave its approval for the state economic development agency to finalize the terms of an agreement, referring only to the deal’s code name of “Project Panther.”

Space Florida CEO Frank DiBello then said he thought the deal would be made public within a month or so.