Florida Continues to Serve as the Launch Site for U.S. Space Innovation
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL. (May 25, 2012) – Space Florida – the State of Florida’s aerospace economic development agency – congratulates SpaceX on achieving a first-of-its-kind milestone today with the successful berth of the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) to demonstrate commercially enabled cargo ferrying capability for U.S. next generation space programs.
The successful docking of the Dragon capsule – a major milestone in NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program – also marks the beginning of commercially enabled, cutting edge research opportunities on board the unparalleled microgravity environment of the U.S. National Lab.
“The State of Florida is so proud to be the launching place of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon capsule that made today’s ISS docking exercise possible,” said Space Florida President Frank DiBello. “We are thrilled that Florida continues to shine as the birthplace of next-generation U.S. commercial space launch and exploration initiatives – as it has been for the past 50+ years. We congratulate SpaceX on today’s historic achievement.”
About Space Florida: Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida’s aerospace development organization, we are committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses. With its highly trained workforce, proven infrastructure and unparalleled record of achievement, Florida is the ideal location for aerospace businesses to thrive – and Space Florida is the perfect partner to help them succeed. www.spaceflorida.gov.
Tina Lange, APR