Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Florida Today: "Major Step Forward"

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.

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