CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Space Florida welcomes the recent decision by the United States Air Force to provide a license to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to utilize Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  SpaceX plans to establish a new fleet of Falcon space launchers at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a development that is anticipated to bring many new jobs to Florida.

Space Florida, the state’s aerospace development organization, was instrumental in bringing SpaceX to Florida.  Space Florida provided SpaceX with assistance in several areas, including training, mentoring, and consulting services to ease their entrance as a new commercial customer onto the USAF Eastern Range.  Space Florida aided in the preparation of the required documentation for presentation to the USAF, guided the development and submittal to the Air Force of SpaceX launch vehicle safety information necessary for USAF approval to fly from the Eastern Range, and provided office space in Cape Canaveral for SpaceX personnel. 

In response to the announcement by Air Force Space Command, Steve Kohler, President of Space Florida, stated, “This is yet another important milestone in our effort to promote and develop Florida’s space industry.   SpaceX will have a positive impact on the state’s economy.”