EXPLORATION PARK, FL (March 8, 2017) – Space Florida’s Exploration Park, located at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport, is home to where a new commercial space marketplace is being defined. Today, both OneWeb and Blue Origin announced they will be launching many of the next generation of OneWeb satellites on Blue Origin’s New Glenn rockets. Both launch vehicle and spacecraft will be manufactured right across the street from each other in Exploration Park. Additionally, both the New Glenn and spacecraft will be launched from Launch Complex 36 at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport.
It is a very affirming development that this announcement occurred during the week of the annual Florida Space Day in Tallahassee. For more than 20 years, Florida Space Day is when the aerospace industry meets with the Florida Legislature and Governor’s Office to thank them for the sustained statewide support that has so enabled these recent positive events. The fruits which the state is reaping today are the result of that sustained support.
“That support is not unappreciated,” said Frank DiBello, President and CEO of Space Florida. “And with their continued support, Florida will remain the global leader in enabling space commerce. Space Florida congratulates both Blue Origin and the OneWeb Airbus Satellite partnership on their announcement. Space Florida and its partners are proud to be a part of this transformation.”
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 and spaceport development authority, 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
About Cape Canaveral Spaceport: The Cape Canaveral Spaceport, at which Space Florida has an operational spaceport authority role, is the premiere transportation hub for global space commerce. Space Florida oversees management and operation of key elements of Florida’s existing space transportation capability including the Shuttle Landing Facility and Launch Complex 36 and 46. Those Cape Canaveral Spaceport capabilities are enabled by safe and secure operations across a broad landscape of space activities.