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Florida’s East Central region is recognized throughout the world for its real rockets and mega theme parks. But if that’s all you know about this place, it’s time to take a closer look. Thanks to a workforce of 10.6 million, four commercial airports, one seaport, a spaceport and 118 miles of Atlantic coastline, technology, transportation, health care and education thrive here too.
Florida’s Space Coast remains abuzz with anticipation regarding the launch of NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission. Canceled its first two tries because of rocket malfunctions, then postponed a third time in advance of Hurricane Ian, plans now call for liftoff later this fall, possibly between November 12 and 27, 2022.
Elsewhere along the Cape:
• Satellite manufacturing company Terran Orbital has announced plans to build a 660,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing complex capable of producing 1,000 satellites per year in Merritt Island. Estimated completion: 2025
• Space Perspective, a space tourism company with plans to ferry people to the edge of the atmosphere in its space balloons beginning in 2024, is building a headquarters and manufacturing facility at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville with an estimated 240 jobs expected by the end of 2026.
• At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, “Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex,” a 50,000-sq.-ft. attraction showcasing the future of space exploration and including a simulated journey through space, has opened.
KEY PLAYERS: Blue Origin, Kent, Wa.; Boeing, Chicago, Ill.; Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Merritt Island; SpaceX, Hawthorn, Ca.