Industry Partners:

abacus aecom ASRC Federal astronaut-scholarship-foundation bionetics boeing craig-tech economic-devopment-commision embry-riddle harris lockheed-martin millennium-engineering space-florida space-x

Florida Space Industry to Visit Capitol on Feb 3

Former Astronaut Sandra Magnus Making Appearances

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL (January 7, 2016) – Florida’s aerospace industry representatives will visit Tallahassee on February 3, 2016, to participate in Florida Space Day and share with legislators opportunities the space industry offers to Florida and the nation.

Former NASA astronaut Dr. Sandra H. Magnus, who flew in space on STS-112, STS-126 and on the final Shuttle flight STS-135, will be making scheduled appearances throughout the event.

Dr. Magnus is currently the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. She has received numerous awards including the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

“Florida continues to expand the business of space,” said Tony Taliancich, United Launch Alliance (ULA) director of East Coast Operations and chair of Florida Space Day 2016. “Space operations and facility upgrades are progressing at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, including commercial operations in suborbital and low-Earth orbit, as well as national program initiatives involving Orion and the Space Launch System for deep space human exploration.”

“This transition in the space business arena impacts all of Florida, not just the Space Coast,” added Taliancich. More than 140,000 Floridians employed by nearly 20,000 aerospace companies with more than $19 billion in annual sales and revenues.

During Space Day, industry leaders and other aerospace supporters will meet with House and Senate members, as well as Gov. Rick Scott. They will discuss the state’s space industry and determine the best strategies for leveraging economic development policies to attract private sector investment and jobs that will benefit Florida and effectively meet competitive challenges from other states in the years ahead.

Florida Space Day participants include Abacus Technology, A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure, AECOM, Aerojet Rocketdyne, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, ASRC Federal, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Bionetics, Blue Origin, The Boeing Company, Craig Technologies, CSS-Dynamac, Delaware North Companies, EDC of Florida’s Space Coast, Embraer, Embry Riddle, Energy Florida, Florida Institute of Technology, Harris Corporation, Jacksonville Aviation Authority, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin, Millennium Engineering & Integration Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Orbital ATK, Sebesta, Sierra Lobo, Inc, Space Coast Launch Services, Space Florida, SpaceX, United Launch Alliance (ULA), University of Florida and Vencore.

# # #

Media Contact:
Margo Witcher

About Florida Space Day

Florida Space Day is an annual opportunity to educate and inform the Florida legislature and key executive officials about the significance of the aerospace industry and its impact on Florida’s economy.


To learn more about Florida Space Day 2016, visit, join us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @FLSpaceDay.