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Cape Canaveral Space Transportation Industry
Once the exclusive domain of NASA and the Air Force, our nation's space launch capability has evolved from rocket science into a vital commercial transportation industry, regularly delivering domestic and international satellites into earth orbit and beyond. Using launch pads built during the Cold War, Florida companies conduct for-profit business side-by-side with high security military operations at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
To assist this evolving space transportation industry, federal and state governments are adapting ideas from our nation's airports and seaports. In Washington, Congress assigned the Department of Transportation to regulate and license all commercial launch activities, and has established an Office of Commercial Space Transportation within the Federal Aviation Authority. In the State's Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, the Legislature established the nation's first spaceport authority (Florida Space Authority) and gave it powers similar to airport and seaport authorities.
Florida Space Authority is responsible for providing the infrastructure and services needed for a competitive transportation industry including launch pads, support facilities and various services to ensure Florida remains our nation's premier location for accessing space.
DUAL USE INFRASTRUCTURE
Unlike existing launch facilities for rockets such as the Atlas, Delta and Titan, which each use infrastructure designed exclusively for their vehicles, the spaceport authority is applying a distinctive airport-like approach toward bringing new launch vehicles to Cape Canaveral.
Under a dual-use commercialization agreement with the Air Force and Navy, the spaceport authority has modified Launch Complex 46 (LC-46), at the very tip of the cape, to accommodate up to four different types of rockets. The spaceport authority now leases the pad to commercial users such as the London based research company IMATI, eliminating the requirement for each launch company to invest millions to build its own infrastructure. Launch Complex 46 will maintain the military mission for which it originally was built: Supporting the Navy's Trident missile program.
The Space Authority has received Air Force approval to modify a second launch pad, LC-20, to support suborbital and orbital launch operations and to augment the capability at LC-46.
AN INTERNATIONAL SPACEPORT
The Space Authority markets Cape Canaveral's launch facilities to potential international users.
SPACE INDUSTRY DIVERSIFICATION
One of the Space Authority's goals has been to diversify Florida's space industry. By supporting commercial launch industry growth, the Authority is reducing the Space Coast's economic reliance on government launch programs. To encourage the growth of non-launch space industry, the Legislature established tax incentives for space-related manufacturers