Florida is an unquestioned leader nationally and internationally in the global aerospace industry. Florida consistently ranks in the top five U.S. states for aerospace industry employment, with more than 130,000 employees in 2017. More than 17,144 aerospace-related companies call Florida home, contributing $19 billion in revenues to Florida’s economy.
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The Operations and Checkout (O&C) facility at Kennedy Space Center was originally built to assemble the Apollo capsule. When NASA announced the development of the next generation Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), Space Florida stepped up and provided the $35 million necessary to refurbish and modernize the O&C. Working closely with the Orion contractor, Lockheed Martin, Space Florida has assured that the MPCV will be built and refurbished in Florida for many years.
$35 million appropriated by the State of Florida Project earned the Golden Eagle Award for Excellence from ABC Completed on time and under budget 900 people were, at some point, directly involved in the project 59 of the 70 subcontractors and vendors were Florida-based
An average of 100 direct, full time jobs were created during the construction Will lead to an estimated 300 full time jobs when fully operational Modifications and upgrades were designed to support flight hardware manufacture, assembly, checkout, and processing.
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Sources: 1) Source: US Census Bureau, 2015 Statistics of U.S. Business, 2) 2017 Economic Analysis Results based on 2014 NETS data, using [an 8 digit SIC/6 NAICS level of detail) as compiled by the FSU Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis (FSU CEFA).