EXPLORATION PARK, FL (April 19, 2016) — Today, Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello announced that Florida is now a central part of OneWeb’s mission to bring affordable internet access to the entire globe, empowering people around the world to better themselves and their communities. OneWeb’s vision it to connect all the schools in the world, and the satellites that make that vision a reality will be built at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport.
“The announcement of OneWeb’s presence here at Exploration Park is one that perfectly aligns with Space Florida’s vision of the Cape Canaveral Spaceport and Florida as the world’s leading space commerce center,” said DiBello. “Our ever-expanding commercial space industry at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport will now be home to the most advanced satellite manufacturing capability in the world, and Space Florida looks forward to OneWeb Satellite’s success.”
Together with OneWeb Satellites, Florida is entering into a true partnership of visions, making the state the 21st century enabler of and global leader in space commerce. Florida is proud to be a partner and key advocate in the commercial space industry.
Governor Scott said, “It’s great news that OneWeb has chosen to build one of the world’s most advanced aerospace manufacturing facilities right here in Florida. We have worked hard to permanently eliminate the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment so companies like OneWeb can succeed right here in Florida. I look forward to seeing OneWeb Satellite’s continued success in Florida.” “OneWeb’s decision to come to the Cape is a testament to Central Florida’s talented workforce and another clear sign that Florida’s Space Coast is quickly becoming the hub of the U.S. commercial space industry,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).
“Today’s announcement is a victory for the Florida Space Coast and another encouraging sign for the future of private sector innovation in space development,” said U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). “The 250 jobs and tens of millions of dollars in capital created by this partnership will benefit the local economy and further solidify Florida’s status as the nation’s spaceport. Congratulations to OneWeb and their partners, and I wish them the best of luck as they bring their innovations to fruition.”
“I am excited about OneWeb’s ambitions at Exploration Park here on the Space Coast,” said Congressman Bill Posey. “The Space Coast is the world’s premiere space launch destination and our workforce maintains a global competitive edge when it comes to engineering and technological innovation. OneWeb’s bold satellite manufacturing plan is a perfect fit for Brevard.”
“Once again Brevard County is chosen to manufacture an innovative product unique to the aerospace industry, demonstrating our position as a leader in capturing the next generation of space related activities,” stated Lynda Weatherman, president and chief executive officer, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.
Bill Johnson, President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, said “OneWeb’s decision to locate their manufacturing facility on the Space Coast is great news for Florida families. Their move will result in the creation of 250 new, high-tech jobs and the investment of $85 million into the local community. Florida is becoming the top destination for great IT companies like OneWeb, and I look forward to seeing their continued success.”