Wednesday, July 25, 2012

XCOR Heads for KSC

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Florida Today reports that "Brevard County commissioners approved $182,400 in incentives to help persuade rocket maker XCOR Aerospace Inc., to open a manufacturing and operations center at Kennedy Space Center, a project the company said would create 152 jobs."

In a presentation prepared for delivery at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting, XCOR indicated that the potential Florida operation would be at KSC and its shuttle landing facility.

The project would include hangar and flight operations, vehicle manufacturing, engine assembly and space tourism elements.

In a previous article, Florida Today reported on how KSC continues to attract commercial space businesses.

“It’s pay for performance. It’s supporting a company that brings jobs,” Rob Salonen, business development director for the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, said Monday. “I think it sends another signal that the Space Coast is open for commercial space.”

XCOR is developing an line of reusable rocket engines and has designed a suborbital aircraft that could ferry space tourists from Kennedy Space Center.

“When it comes to commercial space (travel), it’s going to be a great operation base for anyone who flies from there,” said Nelson. “The Space Coast has one of the premier work forces when it comes to aerospace and they certainly have one of the premier launch sites.”

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