Florida Putting a Woman On the Moon By 2024

At the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum, Frank DiBello, President & CEO of Space Florida and Mark Wiese, Gateway Logistics Element Manager from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, gave more information on the Artemis program, NASA’s plan to put the first woman on the moon by 2024.

The Artemis program will also seek to put the first human on Mars and develop support systems for both endeavors.

The economic impact to Florida’s Space Coast has enormous potential as NASA will team with the private sector and international partners to develop the material support needed for these missions.

“In the next decade, we expect over 10,000 satellites to be launched to support our insatiable demand for bandwidth globally and to connect all of the people in the world who are now unconnected to the internet,” said Frank DiBello, President and CEO of Space Florida. “More importantly there will be companies going up into lower earth orbit to create research and manufacture value in space. Our vision is for Florida to be the economic center of that activity.”

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Strengthening Florida’s Leadership in Space Exploration

 

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Why It Matters to Florida

As NASA’s role continues to evolve private aerospace companies are playing increasingly important roles in space exploration. Florida must aggressively compete to remain the preeminent location for spaceflight activities, engage in more research and development and capitalize and grow Florida’s existing space industry talent supply. Florida’s aerospace industry helps to generate bold economic development initiatives and brings much needed jobs not only to Florida’s Space Coast, but throughout Florida.

Florida’s Competitiveness Agenda

The Florida Chamber will continue to push for targeted investments in technological advancements for both civil and commercial space projects, and ensure that Florida maintains its leadership role in space. The Florida Chamber will also continue to advocate for initiatives that fund aviation improvements and grow our highly skilled and educated aerospace workforce. Encouraging targeted investments in technological advancements for both civil and commercial space projects ensures Florida remains the leader in America’s space business.

The Fight for Free Enterprise Continues

With new programs and innovations bringing life back to Florida’s Space Coast, the Florida Chamber remains committed to strengthening Florida’s leadership in space exploration by supporting growing public and commercial space initiatives, and investing and growing skilled aerospace workforce.

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Boeing is Building the Future Here, Now

By Chris Ferguson, Boeing Starliner Astronaut Test Pilot, Former NASA Astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander

 

Imagine a world where you can look up at the sky from Earth and name at least one person you know living in space.

At Boeing, that dream is becoming more of a reality as we build the future here and now. We’ve already sent probes beyond the influence of our own solar system, we’ve celebrated lunar footsteps, and with our international partners we’ve built an incredible laboratory in low-Earth orbit where people representing 15 nations have been living and working continuously for almost two decades. NASA, with the support of Boeing, has a strong foundation of experience that will help make the aspirations of setting foot – and one day living – on distant worlds realized within our lifetime.

I’ll soon be going back to space with two of my NASA colleagues, flying aboard Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner on a flight test to the International Space Station. We’ll be returning a critical crew launch capability to the United States for the first time since I commanded the last Space Shuttle mission in 2011.

Our flight aboard the Starliner represents more than just a single mission or a single destination, but a redefining of the space frontier. It’s a mission to never lose our foothold in space while we continue to reach farther than ever before. And it’s a mission to bring more people than ever before to this unbelievable destination above Earth’s atmosphere as we work toward a thriving commercial space ecosystem.

While my heart lies with the space exploration segment of aerospace, I’m fortunate to work for the largest aerospace company in the world. As a retired U.S. Navy captain, I’m proud to be a part of a company that continues to engineer new technologies in all aspects of aviation and aerospace right here in Florida, and around the globe.

Whetzer it’s training commercial pilots and technicians at the company’s largest training center in Miami, providing support to Special Operations Forces in Fort Walton Beach, modifying military aircraft in Jacksonville, or building the future of space exploration on the Space Coast, Boeing and its Florida workforce of more than 1,700 are leading the way.

I look at the work Boeing and other companies are accomplishing in and for space exploration, aerospace, and aviation here and now; and I see these efforts fueling excitement and sparking curiosity in what we have yet to innovate in our industry and explore in the universe. The possibilities for both are limitless.

 

Florida is a Premier Aviation and Aerospace Location

Florida’s unique history of spaceflight, an entire aviation industry, existing workforce and infrastructure, and unique geography continues to help grow existing Florida companies and attract new and exciting private ventures.

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Florida Space Leaders to Visit Capitol

NASA-KSC, USAF, Space Florida to Host Aerospace Panel Luncheon at Governor’s Club

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL (January 16, 2018) – Promoting the economic impact of the space industry, Florida’s aerospace leaders will visit Tallahassee on February 14, 2018, for Florida Space Day, sharing with legislators the opportunities the industry brings to Florida and the nation.

“The number of launch operations in suborbital, low-Earth, and geostationary orbits, as well as federal program initiatives involving Orion and the Space Launch System for deep space human exploration, is expected to continue to increase in the upcoming years,” said Pedro Medelius, ASRC Federal Space and Defense Chief Technologist and Co-Chair of Florida Space Day 2018. “New facilities at Exploration Park, just outside the gates of Kennedy Space Center, along with large commercial space companies establishing operations in Florida, have resulted in the creation of many high-tech jobs. Thanks to the support from the Florida legislature, the State continues to be at the forefront of space exploration, even with active competition from spaceports in other states and countries. And as we experienced in 2017, Florida will once again have a very robust launch manifest in 2018.”

This year’s Florida Space Day participants include AECOM, Abacus Technology, A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure, AECOM, Aerojet Rocketdyne, ASRC Federal, Astronaut Scholarship Foundations, Blue Origin, The Boeing Company, CSS Dynamac, Delaware North Companies, Embraer, Energy Florida, Harris Corporation, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin, Millennium Engineering & Integration Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Orbital ATK, Space Coast Launch Services, Space Florida, SpaceX, TIP Technologies and United Launch Alliance (ULA).

Strengthening Florida’s Role in Space Exploration

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As NASA’s role continues to change, private aerospace companies are playing increasingly important roles in space exploration. Florida must aggressively compete to remain the preeminent location for private spaceflight activities, engage in more research and development and capitalize on Florida’s existing space industry talent supply. Florida’s aerospace industry helps to generate bold economic development initiatives and brings much needed jobs not only to Florida’s Space Coast, but throughout the state.

The Florida Chamber will continue to push for targeted investments in technological advancements for both civil and commercial space projects, and ensure that Florida maintains its leadership role in space. The Florida Chamber will also continue to track current initiatives to fund aviation improvements and retain our highly skilled and educated aerospace workforce. Encouraging targeted investments in technological advancements for both civil and commercial space projects ensures Florida remains the leader in America’s space business.

While the manned Space Shuttle program has come to an end, Florida remains well positioned to attract aviation and aerospace companies and grow existing Florida companies due to our state’s unique history of spaceflight, geographic and workforce advantages, and tax climate. We must also continue to fight against environmental extremists who continue to stand in the way of proposed spaceport expansion and creation. Having aerospace corporate headquarters and more spaceports in our state will build on Florida’s rich history as a leader in spaceflight activity.

Add your voice to those who support innovative growth in Florida’s aviation and aerospace industries by joining the Florida Chamber in our fight to secure Florida’s future.