The Space Coast is about to bring in more jobs as Firefly Aerospace has announced that they are creating a launch and manufacturing project in Cape Canaveral, which will add more than $50 million to the sunshine state’s economy along with adding more than 200 jobs.Governor Ron DeSantis made the announcement at the end of last week, and his office informed that “this new project will include the capability to locally manufacture, test and launch rockets delivering payloads that will harness the commercial potential of space exploration.”
DeSantis’ office further explained that “The Firefly Aerospace Launch and Manufacturing project will establish a new capability to locally manufacture, test and launch rockets delivering payloads that will harness the commercial potential of the unique advantages of space. The project is part of multi-year, $52 million project that is expected to generate over 200 jobs. The Firefly launch and manufacturing facilities will enhance the capabilities of the Cape Canaveral Spaceport. The redevelopment of Space Launch Complex 20 will add new orbital launch capacity to Cape Canaveral Spaceport. Additionally, the redevelopment of the historic launch complex will result in activation of a state-of-the-art small satellite launch vehicle launch pad and new propellant servicing, electrical and communications capabilities.”
In the Governor’s announcement, DeSantis detailed that “As the world’s premiere gateway to space, Florida remains the preferred launch site for sending humans and cargo into space. Firefly’s decision to establish launch and manufacturing activities on Florida’s Space Coast confirms the commercial advantages of conducting business in our state and reaffirms Florida’s position as a national leader in innovation and job growth.”
In recent weeks, the state of Florida has actively called for the U.S. Space Command to be headquartered in Florida, Governor DeSantis sent President Trump a formal request to have the Space Force Combatant Command Headquarters in Florida, and most recently a Space Caucus was created.