HUNTSVILLE, Ala., January 25, 2019 (Blue Origin PR) — Today we broke ground on the construction of a world-class rocket engine production facility in Huntsville, Alabama, extending the city’s rich legacy in liquid rocket engines.
Here are excerpts from today’s groundbreaking ceremony given by Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith:
It’s a great day here in Rocket City. Thanks to the votes of confidence from United Launch Alliance, from the Air Force for national security missions, and from Huntsville and the state of Alabama, we are breaking ground on a facility to produce our world-class engines and power the next generation of spaceflight.
ANCHORAGE, AK (AAC PR) – Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC), recognizing strong demand and aerospace industry growth in northeast Alabama, announces the opening of their new office in Huntsville, Alabama. This is the first permanent presence outside of Alaska for the company.
Craig E. Campbell, AAC President and CEO, states “Alaska Aerospace has supported a number of missions for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) and by opening an office in Huntsville, we will be well positioned to be more responsive to our customers’ future needs.”
Startled residents of Huntsville awoke yesterday (providing they slept in until at least 1:07 p.m. CST) to what probably sounded like an earthquake, sonic boom and a bazillion car alarms going off all at once. Their self-proclaimed New Federal City (named for its many thousands of government-supported jobs) that had fought NewSpace tooth and nail found itself suddenly at the center of the biggest, boldest, baddest commercial space venture since….like EVER. We’re talking bolder than Branson, bigger than Bigelow, and maybe even badder than Bronson.*
Just how big? Try two 747s put together big. With six jumbo jet engines, a gross weight of 1.2 million pound, and a wingspan of more than 380 feet. And how super bad is the dream team behind it? Try Microsoft billionaire co-founder Paul Allen; aviation legend Burt Rutan and Scaled Composites; Elon Musk and SpaceX; and Huntsville’s own Dynetics.
The headquarters for this new Stratolaunch Systems venture? Huntsville, Alabama. NewSpace City.
SpaceX opens office in Huntsville today to explore new business The Huntsville Times
Huntsville, SpaceX has landed. The high-profile commercial space company led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is opening an office today in Cummings Research Park. “Huntsville is the Rocket City,” spokeswoman Kirstin Brost said Wednesday night. “We want to be a part of it.” The company, which is vying for contracts to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, isn’t trumpeting its arrival….SpaceX already does business with the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command here.
The Decatur Daily explains how the United Launch Alliance facility in Dacatur, Ala. got no love from Sen. Richard Shelby:
As U.S. senators carved up the leftovers of NASAâ€™s Constellation program for their states, most of the meat went to Utah and Huntsville.
United Launch Alliance, with its assembly plant in Decatur, got the bone.
The ranking Republican member of the committee that wrote the budget authorization that would effectively exclude ULA from participating in the development of a heavy-lift rocket was Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa.
Congressman Parker Griffith speaks during a subcommittee hearing.
Congressman Parker Griffith – who represents Huntsville, Alabama – announced his decision to switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party today.
The conservative first-term Congressman had been increasingly at odds with the liberal Obama Administration and his fellow Democrats on health care, spending, defense and space. In his statement, he specifically referred to disagreements over NASA spending:
Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) and Orion Propulsion, Inc. (OPI) successfully demonstrated the Lunar Lander Test Bed (LLTB) today, capping the delivery of this unique hardware to the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation (VCSI). The LLTB was presented, complete with rocket engine firings, at the dedication of TBEâ€™s Space Systems Manufacturing Center. The LLTB will be used to demonstrate and mature technologies required for future NASA robotic space exploration.
Valley luring Kennedy workers The Huntsville Times
The Tennessee Valley is reaching out to aerospace workers at Kennedy Space Center in Florida who might find themselves out of a job when the three-decade-old space shuttle program is shut down next year.