Saturday, April 30, 2011

Air Force Optimistic About Commercial Space Future

An article in the Business section of the April 29 Florida Today quotes a Patrick Air Force Base officer as bullish on the future of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station thanks to the arrival of commercial space.

After the shuttle takes its final flight, the Space Coast will still hear the familiar rocket rumble — and reap some economic benefits — thanks to unmanned space launches.

That's the outlook from Col. James Ross, vice commander of the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base ...

Ross said SpaceX and other commercial companies will play a bigger role in the post-shuttle economy.

"In addition to Space X, we have other commercial companies who are seeking us, interested in coming to the Cape," he said. "A couple are really close to coming to the Cape, and I can't really tell who they are, but I can honestly say, we're going to be busy, and we're going to be even busier (in the future)."

That last comment echoes what I've heard through other channels, that other commercial vendors are poised to join SpaceX, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin at CCAFS.

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