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Moon Express to Lease Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral

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Space Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral in Florida launched the first U.S. government exploration missions to the Moon, and will now be the home of Moon Express lunar lander development and test operations. (Credit: Moon Express, Inc.)

Space Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral in Florida (Credit: Moon Express, Inc.)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (MoonEx PR) — Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx) announced with Space Florida today that it has signed an agreement to begin using the historic Space Launch Complex 36 (SLC-36) at Cape Canaveral for its lunar lander development and flight test operations.

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Space Florida Approves Funds for Cape Launch Pad Upgrades

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Artist concept of CST-100 and Atlas V on launch pad. (Credit: Boeing)

Artist concept of CST-100 and Atlas V on launch pad. (Credit: Boeing)

Florida Today reports on Space Florida putting up $6.4 in matching funds for state Department of Transportation improvements on two Cape Canaveral launch pads:

The more costly of the two, shielded under the code name Project Mountain, has Space Florida putting up $6.15 million for improvements to Launch Pad 41, including a new tower to make the facility capability of servicing human flights.

The pad is now used for unmanned Atlas rocket launches.
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University of Zurich Signs 3-Year Lease at Space Life Sciences Laboratory

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space_florida_logoEXPLORATION PARK, Fla., Dec. 16, 2014 (Space Florida PR) – Space Florida is pleased to announce that the University of Zurich, Switzerland recently signed a three-year lease to process future research destined for the International Space Station (ISS), at the Space Life Sciences Laboratory (SLSL), near Kennedy Space Center. Space Florida has invested significant resources in the SLSL over the past four years to transition it to a world-class, multi-tenant commercial research and development facility.

The new, three-year lease is effective on January 1, 2015. The lease was negotiated through a joint effort between Space Florida, the University of Zurich and CSS-Dynamac Science Concierge Services, who provides pre-flight, post-landing and ground control support laboratory space and services for the University.

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Space Florida, Israel’s Chief Scientist Announce Joint Call for Projects

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space_florida_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., November 6, 2014 (Space Florida PR) – Earlier this week, Space Florida and MATIMOP (Israel’s industrial center for research and development on behalf of the Israeli Chief Scientist Office), issued a joint Call for Projects to fund research and development projects sponsored by companies in both states.

In October 2013, the States of Florida and Israel formed an annually recurring $2 million joint program to support research, development and commercialization of aerospace and related technology projects that benefit both States.

Israeli and Florida-based companies are asked to present cooperative proposals, which will be jointly vetted for feasibility, and research funding will be awarded to companies demonstrating the most promising partnerships – those that demonstrate near-term potential for commercialization and economic benefit to both states.

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Research Competition Winners Headed to ISS on Dragon

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iss-research-competitionKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (Space Florida PR) — On Sunday, the remaining five of seven International Space Station Research Competition winners launched their research payloads to space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. The mission, titled CRS-4 (“Commercial Resupply Mission #4”), launched at 1:52 a.m. aboard a Dragon resupply ship.

Projects that were launched included:

  • SABOL – a microgravity-based study into Alzheimer’s Disease
  • SyNRGE3 – studying plant-microbe interactions to improve crop yields and increase knowledge of beneficial bacteria and plants
  • EGAHEP (“Egypt Against Hepatitis C Virus”) seeking to develop Hepatitis C protein crystals in space that will further research into a vaccine
  • Micro-gRX – measuring fluorescence to gauge changes in the speed of molecular rotation of an antibody binding to a vitamin in microgravity
  • ISS NanoRocks – observing the collision of dust particles in the absence of Earth’s gravity

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CSF, Space Florida Praise ULA/Blue Origin Engine Venture

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csf_logo_newestThe Commercial Spaceflight Federation Applauds  Blue Origin/ULA Engine Development Partnership

Washington D.C. (CSF PR) – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates Blue Origin on their partnership with United Launch Alliance to jointly fund the development of their new BE-4 rocket engine. The agreement includes a four-year development process with full scale testing in 2016 and first flight in 2019.

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Space Florida-Israel Innovation Program Announces Awards

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space_florida_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., September 17, 2014 (Space Florida PR) – Space Florida and MATIMOP (Israel’s Industrial Center for Research and Development), on behalf of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) in the Israeli Ministry of Economy, are pleased to announce the first-round winners of industrial research and development funding tied to the Space Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Program.

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Space Florida, Space Grant Consortium Award 15 Research Grants

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space_florida_logoEXPLORATION PARK, FL, September 3, 2014 (Space Florida PR) – Space Florida, the state’s spaceport authority and aerospace development organization, and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) announced this week the 2014-2015 winners of the Florida Space Research Program (FSRP), an initiative developed in 2007 to increase statewide academic involvement in space research, engineering, education and training programs that are consistent with the state’s space industry priorities.

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Space Florida Criticizes NASA KSC Master Plan

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Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

Space Florida, the state-funded development agency, is not too keen on the proposed master plan for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center:

Unrealistic launch pad locations. Projects so vague no meaningful environmental review is possible. A business model that could discourage, rather than attract, new commercial launch activity at Kennedy Space Center.

Those are among significant concerns state officials identified with KSC’s new 20-year master plan in a broad critique submitted as part of the plan’s environmental review.

Space Florida said neither option being considered by NASA’s environmental review — to adopt the master plan or not — represents “the best interests of either the nation or the State of Florida,” and master plan revisions may be necessary.

“Space Florida suggests more dialogue and collaboration between KSC and its stakeholders before proceeding” with the review, Chief Operations Officer Jim Kuzma wrote last month in a 12-page letter to NASA, which FLORIDA TODAY obtained through a state public records request.

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Space Florida Sets Boeing Commercial Crew Rent

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High Bay of KSC facility used to manufacture Boeing CST-100 spacecraft.

High Bay of KSC facility used to manufacture Boeing CST-100 spacecraft.

Florida Today reports that Space Florida will charge Boeing up to $1 million per year in rent for facilities at the Kennedy Space Center where the company would assemble commercial crew vehicles.

The agreement is contingent upon Boeing winning a contract under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to build the CST-100 spacecraft, which would transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. NASA is expected to announce the next round of program funding soon.

The 10-year lease, which would begin on Jan. 1, 2015, would include a former space shuttle processing facility, an engine shop and offices. Space Florida would spend up to $20 million to renovate the facilities.

Boeing has said the NASA contract would allow it to base more than 500 jobs in Florida. However, the company is not expected to continue with CST-100 development if it does receive additional funds from the space agency.

Boeing is in competition with SpaceX and Sierra Nevada Corporation, which also are developing vehicles under the program. NASA expects to announce the next round of funding shortly. It is likely that at least one of the competitors will be eliminated.