Florida Space Industry to Visit Capitol on March 25
Transforming the Business of Space in Florida
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL (January 16, 2015) – Representatives from Florida’s aerospace industry will visit Tallahassee on March 25, 2015, to participate in Florida Space Day and share with legislators the opportunities the industry brings to Florida and the nation’s space program.
“Florida continues to transform the business of space,” said Andy Allen, former astronaut and chair of Florida Space Day 2015. “Space operations and facility upgrades are progressing at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), 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 Allen. Florida has almost 500 aerospace companies employing over 30,000 high-tech professionals; it has the third largest space industry in the nation.
During Space Day, industry leaders and other aerospace supporters will meet with House and Senate members, as well as Governor Scott, to discuss the state’s $9 billion 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 Corp, AECOM, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), ASRC Aerospace Corporation, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Bionetics, Blue Origin, The Boeing Company, Brazil-Florida Chamber of Commerce, Craig Technologies, Delaware North Companies, Dynamac Corporation, Embraer, Exelis/ITT, Florida Institute of Technology, Harris Corporation, Jacobs Technology, Lockheed Martin, Millennium Engineering & Integration, Sebesta, S3, Space Coast Launch Services, Space Florida, SpaceX, United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Vencore.
# # #
About Florida Space Day
Florida Space Day is a milestone event that presents an opportunity to educate and draw the attention of Florida legislators and key executive officials to the significance of the aerospace industry and its impact on Florida’s economy.