SPACE FLORIDA PRESS RELEASE
Today, at the 12th Annual FAA Commercial Space Conference in Arlington, VA, the Associationâ€™s Annual â€œU.S. Commercial Space Transportation Developments and Concepts: Vehicles, Technologies, and Spaceportsâ€ Report will be presented to the space industry. The 2009 edition features significant contributions from Space Florida.
In the â€œProposed Spaceportsâ€ section, the Cape Canaveral Spaceport (including plans for developing Launch Complex 36, recently dedicated to Space Florida by the U.S. Air Force) is featured. Noted in the report is a timeline for completion of Pad A, which is currently slated to support a variety of launch vehicle concepts.
Additional accomplishments highlighted included:
- The development of the â€œFlorida Space Transportation Initiativeâ€ in fall 2008, in conjunction with input from Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace. This proposed public/private investment fund would support the development of a new orbital space transportation system at Kennedy Space Center.
- Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) Hangar upgrades completed, allowing for fueled-aircraft customers or space tourism vehicles.
â€œThe FAAâ€™s Annual Commercial Space Report is an important resource for the space community, as we move toward innovative approaches to ensuring the U.S. maintains a preeminent role in space,â€ noted Steve Kohler, Space Florida President. â€œWe are pleased that the FAA views Space Floridaâ€™s aggressive development of a globally competitive aerospace that supports Florida and the nation, and look forward to continuing to work with them on getting the commercial space industry moving forward.â€