CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis visited the Space Coast today to announce an agreement with Firefly Aerospace. The company plans to build a 180,000 square foot manufacturing plant at Exploration Park. They plan on launching one of their Firefly rockets from an existing pad Launch Complex 20 North by the end of 2021 and will develop a horizontal integration facility and new launch stand at Launch Complex 20.
“As the world’s premiere gateway to space, Florida remains the preferred launch site for sending humans and cargo into space,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “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.”
Firefly Aerospace CEO Tom Markusic (standing, left) discusses plans for LC-20. Space Florida’s President and CEO Frank DiBello and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also spoke at today’s event. Photo credit: Bill Jelen / We Report Space
“Space Florida is pleased to welcome Firefly Aerospace to the Cape Canaveral Spaceport,” said Frank DiBello, Space Florida President and CEO. “Firefly’s presence in the State of Florida further solidifies that Florida’s Spaceport ...