An editorial in Florida Today views recent announcements as a "major step forward" for growing a 21st Century operation at Kennedy Space Center.
A key element in the post-shuttle era involves moving Kennedy Space Center beyond its traditional role as a launch site.
That means using the spaceport as a hub to manufacture space hardware and for research and development for experiments aboard the International Space Station.
It’s a promising but difficult proposition because of the change in culture and bureaucracy required after a half century of solely preparing and flying rockets and manned spacecraft.
The editorial gives much of the credit (well-deserved, in my opinion) to Space Florida for acting as an intermediary in these agreements.