KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL (February 10, 2015) – Representatives from Florida’s aerospace industry will visit Tallahassee on March 25, 2015, to participate in Florida Space Day and share with legislators the opportunities the industry brings to Florida and the nation.
Former NASA astronaut Mike McCulley, Space Shuttle Pilot of STS-83, the mission that deployed the Galileo spacecraft to explore Jupiter, will be making scheduled appearances throughout the event. Space-related exhibits will be available on the third floor rotunda of the Capitol.
“The business of space impacts all of Florida,” said Andy Allen, former astronaut and chair of Florida Space Day 2015. “Home to more than 500 aerospace companies employing over 30,000 professionals, Florida has the third largest space industry in the nation.”
This year’s event is critical, as the state’s space industry continues to expand and change to face the dynamic international marketplace. During Space Day, industry leaders and other aerospace supporters will meet with House and Senate members, as well as the Governor, to discuss the state’s $9 billion space industry, and determine the best strategies for leveraging international markets for Florida’s benefit in the years ahead.
Florida is poised to capitalize on emerging aerospace opportunities as well as open new frontiers in exploration and discovery. Home to two of just eight commercially-licensed spaceports in the country, Florida is one of only three states already conducting commercial orbital launches.
“Increased space opportunities translate into high tech, high paying jobs,” said Allen. “It is imperative that Florida grows to enable an atmosphere for space exploration and business.”
Florida Space Day participants include: Abacus Technology, AECOM, Aerojet Rocketdyne, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Associated Industries of Florida, ASRC Federal Space & Defense, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Bionetics, Blue Origin, The Boeing Company, Brazil-Florida Chamber of Commerce, Craig Technologies, Delaware North Companies, Dynamac Corporation, EDC of Florida’s Space Coast, Embraer, Exelis/ITT, Florida Institute of Technology, Harris Corporation, Jacksonville Aviation Authority, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin, Millennium Engineering & Integration, Sebesta, Sierra Lobo, Space Coast Launch Services, Space Florida, SpaceX, Swiss Space Systems, United Launch Alliance, Vencore and Zero Gravity Solutions.
Florida Space Day is a milestone event that presents an opportunity to educate and bring top of mind awareness to Florida legislators on the significance of the aerospace industry and its impact on Florida's economy.