Today, Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp met with a group of Brevard Countyâ€™s innovators and industry leaders at Satellite Beachâ€™s Lighting Science Group Corporation headquarters to discuss emerging technologies and tour their facility.
Governor Charlie Crist today highlighted the importance of aerospace to Floridaâ€™s economy and the national space program. His comments came during a discussion with reporters in Orlando at the 2009 Farm to Fuel Summit.
â€œThe importance of extending the life of the Space Shuttle program cannot be overestimated,â€ said Governor Crist. â€œWhat Iâ€™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.â€
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.
Shuttle imagery, logos up in the air Florida Today
As the shuttle program winds down, marketing gurus, business operators and space enthusiasts question if it’s also time to consider retiring some of the iconic orbiter references and imagery that have been a part of the Space Coast’s cultural and tourism landscape since the 1970s.
The Florida House gave overwhelming approval late Thursday to a billÂ creating an institute that would coordinate space-transportation-related research and developmentÂ and be led by Daytona-based Embry-Riddle.
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).
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.