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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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Jeff Bezos to Make Commercial Launch Announcement Next Month

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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.

 

Space Florida Trustees Approve Employee Bonus Plan

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Space Florida President Frank DiBello

Space Florida President Frank DiBello

Space Florida’s Board of Trustees has approved an employee bonus package that could raise the pay of top officials at the for profit organization, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Space Florida receives about a third of its money from state taxpayers, but the bonuses are to be paid from the private revenue that the authority receives through leases and other contracts.

“I’m looking for board support to put a tool in place that management can use to attract the kind of talent, and retain the kind of talent that we seek to run this organization,” Space Florida President Frank DiBello told the board during its meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach. “This is a very useful tool.”

DiBello could be eligible for a incentive pay equal to 50 percent of his salary, which would be a $133,000 bonus. Others in the organization would be eligible for bonuses ranging from 5 to 40 percent.

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Space Florida, Blue Origin Close to Deal to Manufacture Rockets in Brevard County

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New Shepard flight test (Credit: Blue Origin)

New Shepard flight test (Credit: Blue Origin)

UPDATE, Aug. 24, 2015:  Jeff Bezos is set to make a “significant announcement concerning the commercial launch industry” at Cape Canaveral on Sept. 15.

Florida Today reports that Space Florida and Blue Origin are close to a deal for Jeff Bezos’ company to build rockets in Brevard County and launch them from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The agency’s board today gave its approval for staff to finalize the terms of financing and lease agreements with the private space company founded by Amazon.com CEO and billionaire Jeff Bezos, which aims to lower the cost of launching people to orbit.

The board meeting’s discussion referred to the deal only by its code name of Project Panther, which FLORIDA TODAY sources have previously confirmed involves Blue Origin.

Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello said he expected more details to be made public “in the next month or so.”

Howard Haug, Space Florida’s treasurer and chief investment officer, said the deal represented more than $200 million of investment and several hundred jobs.

The funding will include $18 million combined from the Florida Department of Transportation, which supports aerospace infrastructure, and from the North Brevard Economic Development Zone.

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Space Florida-Israel Partnership Announces R&D Funding

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., July 20, 2015 (Space Florida PR) – Space Florida, the Sunshine State’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, and the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist through MATIMOP, Israel’s Industrial Center for Research and Development, today announced second-round winners of industrial research and development funding tied to the Space Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Program.

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Cape Canaveral Launch Complex Revived

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space_florida_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (Space Florida PR) – Space Florida, the Sunshine State’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, today announced that its Cape Canaveral launch facility at LC-46 will soon be roaring back to life as a multiuser launchpad for customers employing smaller rocket systems.

Space Florida has already started renovating Launch Complex 46 in preparation for several customers lined up to use the historic facility located at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Recently, Space Florida completed installation of a state-of-the-art communication and data system.

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NASA, Space Florida Sign Agreement on Shuttle Landing Facility

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — A new agreement marks another step in the transformation of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to a multi-user spaceport. NASA’s historic Shuttle Landing Facility, the site of one of the longest runways in the world, has a new operator.

“Our journey to Mars goes straight through Florida, and this agreement helps amplify the many ways that our critical Kennedy Space Center can support the next generation of human spaceflight,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

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Space Florida Approves Shuttle Landing Facility Agreement

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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 unanimously approved an agreement with NASA today to take over operations of the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center.

Under the agreement, the state will take over responsibility for the runway’s annual operating and maintenance costs for 30 years, with extensions possible as tenants sign leases and make long-term investments in infrastructure.

Space Florida plans to spend about $5 million over the next two years to upgrade runway infrastructure that NASA hasn’t needed much since the shuttle program retired in 2011.

“This is a game-changer,” said Bill Dymond, chairman of Space Florida’s board. “This facility really is about the future, and horizontal launch and landing I think will uniquely position us to really be a leader in the future.”