More Launches Could Mean More Business for Contractors

SpaceX and United Launch Alliance have already situated significant operations at Cape Canaveral, potentially opening the door for contractors. In addition, the region’s space industry has been anticipating the arrival of Blue Origin, a rocket launch and development company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and OneWeb, a satellite manufacturer.

“We know they are hiring more people and that some good stuff is happening,” [Carol] Craig said, noting that she has lost some employees to these companies. “But it’s probably subdued a little because they are still in the initial stages of development. Once it’s built, you’ll probably see more.”

Areas growing because of an expanding privatization of the space industry include manufacturing components that must adhere to tight specifications, known as “precision machining,” along with launchpad maintenance and construction and diagnostics work, said Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.

“We are excited about the diversification of the industry, from being a very launch-heavy area to having a robust manufacturing component,” Weatherman said.

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