Blue Origin Plans Major Expansion of Facilities in Florida

Brig. Gen. Steven Garland, 14th Air Force vice commander, left, provides remarks at a Blue Origin media event held at Space Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Sept 15, 2015. (Credit: USAF/Matthew Jurgens)

Florida Today reports on plans by Blue Origin to expand its facilities in Florida:

Labeled as “South Campus” in water management district documents obtained by FLORIDA TODAY, the 90-acre expansion will connect to the factory at Exploration Park, which is a publicly accessible region just west of KSC’s main gate. The two-lane Space Commerce Way winds through the area, connecting other players like satellite company OneWeb, economic development agency Space Florida and the main entrance to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

The south campus will nearly double the size of land Blue Origin already leases from NASA, enabling the Jeff Bezos-led company to establish “programs complimentary to those constructed on the adjacent North Campus,” according to the documents. Blue will build 270- and 313-foot variants of New Glenn rockets in the massive blue-and-white factory on the north campus, which will launch no sooner than 2021.

Blue Origin’s media team did not respond to an inquiry about the land, which the company leased directly from NASA for 50 years. The total payments over that period will equal $20.3 million according to the final lease signed in December, which was also obtained by FLORIDA TODAY.

Building out a complex and finding a need for additional capacity isn’t uncommon in the spaceflight industry.

  • Robert G. Oler

    go Blue

  • WhoAmI

    $20.3M for 50years for 90 acres of premium waterfront, gated community. It ends up being about $375/month/acre. I wonder what the HOA dues are? 😉

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Make sure kids don’t make too much noise when they throw a party.

  • duheagle

    Wouldn’t want them drowning out the sound of rockets being launched next door.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    That was the loud party bit, but I misread his post anyway. I thought he was asking what the HOA rules would be, not dues. But in real life, those poor third parties in Boca Chica are going to be very much put upon for BF(x) construction, testing, and operations. That said, there’s no place to go. Even Andy Beal got chased off what everybody else except some birds considered a rock out at sea. Some of those Boca Chica residents are going to get high prices to sell and move on, or rent out rooms to fan boys on airbnb. How they’ll deal with the hordes needing to use the restroom during the first launches should be interesting to see. There’s no way there a swear or septic system ready for that.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Yep, when they retired to that remote area they never expected to see rockets passing by their kitchen windows…

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    Matagorda Airfield is waiting, or if they want to go up the coast to Wilacy County to the old South Texas Spaceport site.

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  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    If BF(x) works out, those retirees better hire some lawyers and get as high a price as they can because that’s going to become prime spaceport real estate. I’m sure the physical connection to Mexican territory is no accident. Should BF(x) succeed there’s going to be a Tex-Mex spaceport operating there.

  • duheagle

    I guess they’ll just do what the crowds at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza do – go in the infield bushes.

  • duheagle

    With strolling mariachis and street taco vendors no doubt.

    And Mexican brown and underage women for Bob of course.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Man, where did that last bit come from?

  • WhoAmI

    Been late to respond…. but here it is… The HOA will not only be concerned about the noise but also all the meth at these parties. /s

  • duheagle

    Comment thread on this slightly older post at this same site. I guess you didn’t look at it at the time as I see no contributions with your name on them.

    As the late Anna Russell used to say on her comedy albums about opera, “I’m not making this up you know!”

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Very good and thanks for the follow up!