Florida Space Industry to Visit Capitol on March 25 – Transforming the business of space in Florida
Transforming the business of space in Florida
Former Astronaut Mike McCulley, STS-34 Shuttle Pilot, Making Appearances
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL (March 18, 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.
Former NASA astronaut Mike McCulley, Space Shuttle Pilot of STS-34, the mission that deployed the Galileo spacecraft to explore Jupiter, will be making scheduled appearances throughout the event. Space-related exhibits will be displayed on the third floor rotunda of the Capitol.
“Florida continues to transform the business of space,” said Andy Allen, former astronaut and Florida Space Day 2015 Chair. “Space operations and facility upgrades are progressing at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station including commercial operations in sub-orbital and low-Earth Orbit, as well as national program initiatives involving Orion and the Space Launch System for deep space human exploration.”
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.
“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.
Florida Space Day participants include: Abacus Technology, AECOM, Aerojet Rocketdyne, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Associated Industries of Florida, ASRC Federal Space & Defense, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Bionetics, Blue Origin, The Boeing Company, Brazil-Florida Chamber of Commerce, Craig Technologies, CSS-Dynamac, Delaware North Companies, EDC of Florida’s Space Coast, Embraer, Exelis/ITT, Florida Institute of Technology, Harris Corporation, Jacksonville Aviation Authority, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin, Millennium Engineering & Integration, Sebesta, Sierra Lobo, Space Coast Launch Services, Space Florida, SpaceX, Swiss Space Systems, United Launch Alliance, Vencore and Zero Gravity Solutions.
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About Florida Space Day
Florida Space Day is a milestone event that presents an opportunity to educate and bring top of mind awareness to Florida legislators on the significance of the aerospace industry and its impact on Florida’s economy.