Jacksonville is one step closer to the galaxy following a special announcement from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this morning. Made In Space, an advanced space manufacturing company, will relocate its corporate headquarters from California to Jacksonville. The announcement was made at their new 19,000 square-foot-facility on Jacksonville’s Southside with additional remarks from Made In Space and Space Florida executives.
Founded in 2010 in Mountain View, Calif., Made In Space is the first company to manufacture hardware off-Earth. Through innovative aerospace technology and microgravity, products of practical value made in space can be made with higher quality, without contamination and, in cases of building satellites or its parts, free from the confines of a rocket’s size from Earth. The company has had a presence in Jacksonville since 2015, but today’s announcement for relocation and expansion will bring $3 million in capital investment and additional high-paying jobs to the region.
Jacksonville’s proximity to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center played into the decision to move the headquarters. Jacksonville’s infrastructure and transportation capabilities, business-friendly tax climate and quality of life were other factors that contributed to the decision according to Made In Space CEO Andrew Rush.
Northeast Florida is no stranger to the space industry. Jacksonville’s Cecil Spaceport is the only licensed horizontal launch commercial spaceport on the East Coast and one of only six in the country. Last year, Aevum, Inc. won a $4.9 million contract from the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to launch small satellites to low Earth orbit from the site and Generation Orbit Launch Services completed a successful test of liquid rocket engines, a necessary step toward full launches this year.
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