Florida Gov. Crist Pushes to Maintain Florida’s Role in Space Exploration

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist

SPACE FLORIDA PRESS RELEASE

Governor Charlie Crist today highlighted the importance of aerospace to Florida’s economy and the national space program. His comments came during a discussion with reporters in Orlando at the 2009 Farm to Fuel Summit.

“The importance of extending the life of the Space Shuttle program cannot be overestimated,” said Governor Crist. “What I’d like to see is less of a gap between the shuttle program and the Constellation program. In fact, the best situation would be to have an overlap of the two.”

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Space Coast Job Losses Could Reach 7K

Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle

Recession casts doubt over KSC job loss
Florida Today

The retirement of NASA’s shuttles could prompt thousands more job losses than once expected because of a national recession and concerns about ongoing changes to the new moon program.

An unreleased local government study is expected to estimate a net loss of as many as 6,000 to 7,000 jobs after 2010 at Kennedy Space Center, said Lisa Rice, president of the Brevard Workforce Development Board Inc.

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Florida Space Research Institute Plan Advances in Legislature

Florida Space Transportation Institute Bill Passes Council
Aero-News.Net

The Florida House Economic Development and Community Affairs Policy Council unanimously passed this week a bill to help keep Florida at the forefront of cutting edge space technology. That bill is co-sponsored by State Representative Dorothy L. Hukill (R-Port Orange) and Senator Evelyn Lynn (R-District 7).

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Florida Space Research Institute Plan Advances in Legislature

The plan to create a new research institute led by Embry-Riddle University has advanced in the Florida Legislature:

Hours before a scheduled space shuttle launch, a bill intended to get Florida ready for jobs competition in the post-shuttle era rocketed out of a key House committee this morning. Rep. Dorothy Hukill, R-Orange Park, said the outlook is good for her proposal to create a multi-university institute for space-technology research. The planned institute will work with NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and other state and federal agencies on campuses and within the business community to keep Florida in the forefront of space exploration.

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