Plenty Of Contractors Provide Support, Services, Parts And Engineering, But Cape Canaveral Hasnt Been Known For Large-scale Manufacturing.

Paul Brinkmann Contact Reporter Orlando Sentinel Two new players on the Space Coast OneWeb and Blue Origin are teaming up to build and launch satellites in Central Florida, reinforcing the foothold that private space flight is gaining in the region. OneWeb founder Greg Wyler announced Wednesday that the company has contracted for five launches of its satellites on Blue Origins New Glenn rocket, which is under development and will be built in Brevard County. Local manufacturing of satellites and rockets has been historically scarce in Florida. Plenty of contractors provide support, services, parts and engineering, but Cape Canaveral hasnt been known for large-scale manufacturing. The two companies are both planning to start hiring soon, for a total of 550 people. We will be busy making satellites in Florida, Wyler tweeted Wednesday and tagged Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos . Bezos, also the founder of Amazon, tweeted a photo of himself shaking Medical marijuana stocks hands with Wyler. Blue Origin and OneWeb are building large new manufacturing plants across the street from each other at Space Floridas Exploration Park, on the doorstep of Kennedy Space Center. High-tech manufacturing like that should provide a lot more training and career opportunities, said Jaydeep Mukherjee, director of the Florida Space Grant Consortium in Orlando.

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