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May 2nd, 2012 10:00 AM

With the recent end of the space shuttle program, the space coast area was left in a vacuum, not knowing what the future would hold.  But the next chapter in U.S. space exploration should begin in about a week, when California-based Space Exploration Technologies (Space X for short) expects to become the first private company to send a rocket to the International Space Station.  Once the delivery system for cargo is perfected, the company will then focus on transporting astronauts. 

This is exciting news for the areas of Cocoa Beach, Titusville and Cape Canaveral, as tourists began booking rooms weeks ago to see the routine  rocket launch scheduled for May 7th and business is once again booming.  This pilot launch demonstrates the potential for private companies to use Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and nearby Kennedy Space Center for new endeavors. 

Florida's space coast has a new goal to recruit a more diverse array of space-related businesses, such as research and development, as well as more assembly work.  Challenges remain due to the massive shuttle program layoffs, but the next chapters in the space program are already being developed and NASA is currently working on a capsule that could eventually send man back to the moon and even to Mars. 

It will take some time, but the space coast communities and all its partners are making a valiant effort to mitigate recent job losses and gradually bring back the businesses and thrillilng excitement that was created there over 40 years ago.  With companies expanding or moving into Florida, and NASA innovation at Kennedy Space Center, it is only a matter of time before most of Centeral Florida can once again run outside to view the rockets soaring into space!


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Posted by Barbara Doeringer on May 2nd, 2012 10:00 AMPost a Comment

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