Florida continues to expand the business of space. Building upon our heritage, the space industry and Florida are evolving to meet new competitive challenges.
All Floridians should be proud to know space operations and facility upgrades continue to progress at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. These initiatives include establishing commercial operations in suborbital and low-Earth orbits, as well as developing national deep space human exploration capabilities involving Orion and NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS).
Growth in the space business arena impacts all of Florida, not just the Space Coast. Today over 140,000 Floridians are employed by more than 19,000 aerospace companies generating in excess of $18 billion in annual sales and revenues. All 67 counties contribute to this multi-billion dollar industry. The aerospace product and parts manufacturing sector is the largest manufacturing segment in Florida with an average wage of $77,343.