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Space Florida Approves Financial Measures for Blue Origin, OneWeb

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space_florida_logoThe Space Florida Board of Directors approved funding measures last week to support project by Blue Origin and OneWeb. The spending includes:

  • $2.7 million for transportation improvements between Blue Origin’s launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the rocket production facility it is building at Exploration Park; and,
  • $3 million for a short-term bridge loan to OneWeb in support of a planned satellite manufacturing facility at Exploration Park.

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Space Florida, Israel Award R&D Funding

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Space FloridaEXPLORATION PARK, Fla., (Space Florida PR) – Space Florida, the aerospace and spaceport development authority for the State of Florida, and the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist through MATIMOP, Israel’s Industrial Center for Research and Development, announce the third-round winners of industrial research and development funding tied to the Space Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Program.

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NASA, Space Florida Invite Companies to Commercialize NASA Tech

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (Space Florida PR) — Space Florida has partnered with the NASA-KSC (Kennedy Space Center) Technology Transfer Office inviting commercial industry, as well as Early Stage & Growth Stage companies, to develop and utilize NASA technology and Intellectual Property (IP) in the marketplace.

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Space Coast EDC Looks to Ensure U.S. Leadership in Space

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Brevard County, Fla., May 16, 2016 (Florida Space Coast EDC)
– The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) has joined leading space industry associations such as the Space Foundation, Space Florida and the Satellite Industry Association in the drive to educate congressional leaders on the critical role of the U.S. space program. Long-term support of our space program benefits the nation’s economy, security, leadership and high-quality American jobs.

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Report: One Web to Build Satellites in Florida

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OneWeb constellation. (Credit: Airbus Defence & Space)

OneWeb constellation. (Credit: Airbus Defence & Space)

UPDATE: One Web’s Greg Wyler has confirmed that Virgin Galactic will be launching satellites out of Florida with its 747 and LauncherOne rocket. It’s not clear where they will be based, but my guess is the former Shuttle Landing Facility that Space Florida has taken over. Cecil Field in Jacksonville is another possibility.

It looks like One Web is going to be building its hundreds of satellites on Florida’s Space Coast.

A major announcement scheduled Tuesday morning is expected to confirm a high-profile startup’s decision to build hundreds of satellites on the Space Coast that will help expand global Internet access.

Space Florida’s deal with OneWeb promises to generate 250 jobs and $80 million in capital investment, including a $36 million factory to be built at Kennedy Space Center’s Exploration Park on Merritt Island.

Coming months after Blue Origin announced plans to build rockets in the same area, OneWeb’s arrival would further diversify a region long defined as a launch site for vehicles made elsewhere.

And it would establish Exploration Park as a major manufacturing hub near communities hit hard by the space shuttle’s retirement five years ago.

Coalition Issues Plan for Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Space

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WASHINGTON (AIAA PR) — A coalition of space organizations today released a joint white paper, “Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Space,” at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

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Space Florida Issues Call for Projects

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space_florida_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla, Feb. 26, 2016 (Space Florida PR)– Space Florida has announced its Call for Projects to solicit proposals to continue the development of space transportation infrastructure that supports Space Florida’s legislative intent and Florida spaceport territory master plans.

Each year, Space Florida issues this Call for Projects to allow the aerospace industry the opportunity to submit projects for consideration into the subsequent year’s Work Program and Spaceport Improvement Program.

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Space Florida Thanks Governor, Legislature for Support

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space_florida_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., February 03, 2016 (Space Florida PR) – Today, when Florida Space Day participants visit the legislature as they have for well over 20 years, Space Florida would like to take the opportunity to thank the Governor and Florida legislature for their tremendous support of the industry through the power of Florida’s unique economic development toolkit.  The aerospace industry in Florida is thriving, with much more to come.
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Is this Space Florida’s Mysterious Project Sabel?

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space_florida_logoAt a meeting last week, Space Florida’s Board of Directors agreed to allow staff to proceed with Project Sabel, an initiative to bring an unnamed company interested in establishing a “major aerospace presence” in the Sunshine State.

The project would involve an initial capital investment of $80 million, including a $36 million manufacturing facility, and generate approximately 250 high-paying jobs. Space Florida would finance, build and own the manufacturing facility and lease it to the company under a long-term agreement, according to board documents. The project would be eligible for $17.5 million in matching funds from the Florida Department of Transportation.

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Space Florida Approves Funding Deals With Blue Origin, Moon Express & CASIS

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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)

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)

At its meeting on Thursday, the Space Florida Board of Directors approved  $26.4 million in funding for Blue Origin and smaller deals with Moon Express and CASIS.

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Praise for NASA’s Commercial Cargo Contract Awards

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NASA announced three cargo contract awards to ensure robust and affordable transportation of critical supplies, scientific experiments and commercial payloads to and from the International Space Station (ISS) through at least 2024. NASA selected Orbital ATK, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and SpaceX to continue and expand upon its successful public-private partnerships with American companies to obtain reliable cargo resupply services for the ISS.

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Space Florida Hires New Operators of Shuttle Landing Facility

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The Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. (Credit: NASA)

The Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. (Credit: NASA)

The Space Florida board of directors has approved deals with  The Washington Consulting Group and CSS-Dynamac to operate the former Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The space agency turned over control of the facility to Space Florida this past summer.

Space Florida officials say they were not able to reach terms with the incumbent operator, AECOM/URS. Officials are hoping to commercialize the facility.

 

Space Florida Appoves Deal With Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin

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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)

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)

The Space Florida board of directors has approved a deal with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin giving the company rights to a Cape Canaveral launch pad and land for a facility to manufacture rockets.

Blue Origin will lease Launch Complex 36 from Space Florida, which controls the pad through November 2019. The company at some point is expected to lease the facility directly from the Air Force.

Blue Origin will pay for all improvements to the launch complex and for its ongoing maintenance.

Bezos last month said the company planned to build a large processing facility there and a stand for test-firing BE-4 rocket engines — powered by liquefied natural gas and producing 550,000 pounds of thrust — to be sure they are ready for launch….

In addition, Blue Origin will sub-lease from Space Florida 139 acres of NASA property at Exploration Park for its rocket factory. That agreement initially runs through 2030, with renewal options available until 2065.

In total, Blue Origin is expected to invest between $205 million and $220 million in local infrastructure, eventually creating 330 jobs with average wages of about $89,000. The company will receive at least $18 million in state incentives, including $8 million from the North Brevard Economic Development Zone.

 

Space Florida, Space Grant Consortium Announce 14 Research Program Winners

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space_florida_logoEXPLORATION PARK, Fla., October 16, 2015 (Space Florida PR) – Space Florida and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) have announced the 2015-2016 winners of the Florida Space Research Program (FSRP). The project launched in 2007 to increase statewide academic participation in space education, research, training and engineering programs. This curriculum is considered consistent with Florida’s space industry initiatives.

This year’s FSRP added a new category of NASA-KSC technology development. The program included a total investment of more than $592,000 in Florida research from FSGC, Space Florida, and university matching funds.

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Florida, Israel Offering $2 Million in Space Research Grants

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., September 8, 2015 (Space Florida PR)
– Space Florida and the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) through its agency MATIMOP (the Israeli Industry Center for Research & Development), have issued a new joint call for project proposals worth $2 million in R&D funding.
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