Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida 100: COMMERCIALIZING SPACE

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Florida’s Space Coast The flurry of activity in Florida’s Space Coast reflects not only accelerated momentum, but the reality that space has indeed privatized as a rich opportunity for free enterprise. Recent contracts between the U.S. Space Force and AstraSpace Inc. include launches from iconic Space Launch Complex 46 — originally used to test Trident II missiles in the ‘80s — of small satellites tracking the weather, climate, and hurricanes. In conjunction with contracts doled out to Relativity Space Inc. and Firefly Back LLC, joining United Launch Alliance and ever-present SpaceX, we are very possibly entering into what could be described as the decade space exploration commercializes, with Central Florida reaping the robust economic benefits.

Originally posted for the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida 100.

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