Space Florida Negotiating with Unidentified Launch Company

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Space Florida is closer to a deal with an unidentified launch services company to bring 239 jobs to the Space Coast.

Space Florida’s Board of Directors approved a request to finalize negotiations with an undisclosed company under code name “Project Maricopa” Tuesday during its quarterly meeting in Orlando. Because of the competition involved in the deal, Space Florida will not reveal the name of the company until terms are complete.

Under the planned deal, the Florida Department of Transportation will reimburse 50 percent of what the company spends on common infrastructure, such as roads and utilities, up to $18.9 million. In exchange, the company will commit to investing $52 million in Florida….

Space Florida has been in talks with the company for the past year, ironing out a deal that would include launch services at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch complex 20 and a manufacturing facility at Exploration Park, the state-run complex near Kennedy Space Center.

  • WhoAmI

    Rocket Lab maybe?

  • Terry Rawnsley

    I hope that whoever it is can put things into orbit.

  • Terry Rawnsley

    I thought Rocket Lab was going to launch out of Wallops Island.

  • voronwae

    Stratolaunch? That’s the only company I can think of that can invest that kind of cheddar. Except that I kind of imagined that Stratolaunch’s future might be in doubt without Paul Allen.

  • Terry Stetler

    I heard Firefly or Relativity Space. Relativity’s giant 3D metal printer was on 60 Minutes last Sunday.

  • envy

    They are.

  • WhoAmI

    Yes. They are working on a launch complex there, but are also looking at Cape Canaveral and Alaska locations for launch complex 3 and 4. Their website lists all 4 launch complexes (including NZ) and their current status.

  • WhoAmI

    They might prefer the runway formerly used for shuttle landings unless the rockets they are developing can be launched from launch pads too eventually.