February 17, 2017
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) ended its shuttle program at the Kennedy Space Center, FL in 2011. The shutdown resulted in a loss of 9,000 jobs, smack in the middle of an uneven economic recovery.
But seven years later, “Space Coast’s” pad 39A is booming once again. Pad 39A, refurbished by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), will launch a Falcon 9 rocket this weekend, which will carry an unmanned Dragon capsule to the international space station.
Overall, Space Coast is enjoying a rebirth, and has a diverse aerospace economy, complete with a significant commercial sector and billions of dollars in development. In addition to SpaceX, OneWeb will soon be breaking ground on a high-tech facility that will assemble compact satellites, while Blue Origin is developing a 750,000-square-foot facility to build a New Glenn rocket, and is prepping Launch Complex 36, from which the rocket will launch.
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