Representatives from Florida’s aerospace industry will visit Tallahassee on March 6 to participate in Florida Space Day and share with legislators the opportunities the industry brings to Florida and the nation’s space program.
Former NASA astronaut Bob Crippen, pilot of the first orbital test flight of the Shuttle program and former NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Director, will be making appearances throughout the event. Space-related exhibits will be available on the third floor Rotunda of the Capitol.
“Florida is home to nearly 450 aerospace companies who employ 31,000 professionals,” said Don M. White Jr., chairman of Florida Space Day 2013. “This year’s event is critical, as the state’s space industry looks to expand and diversify across many exciting opportunities including non-traditional space related product lines.”
During Space Day, industry leaders and other aerospace supporters will meet with House and Senate members, as well as the lieutenant governor, to discuss the state’s $8 billion space industry and determine the best strategies for leveraging this market for Florida’s benefit in the years ahead.
“We want Florida to continue its aggressive stance to create a robust atmosphere for space business,” said White.