2017 Will Be a Busy Year for Florida’s Space Coast
Florida’s Space Coast is anticipating 32 rocket launches in 2017, according to the USAF’s 45th Space Wing which manages Patrick AFB and the launch region around Cape Canaveral. This is nine more than the amount that launched from the Cape in 2016 (two of which I was lucky enough to be present for) but still just a few short of the 2021 goal of 48 launches annually. Still, with launch providers like ULA, OrbitalATK, and SpaceX all increasing their services for NASA, the U.S. military, and commercial companies—and newcomer Blue Origin ready in the wings—the Space Coast is rapidly becoming a busy place again…undoubtedly a welcome development nearly six years after the last shuttle flight.
Posted on January 13, 2017, in Spaceflight, Uncategorized and tagged Florida, launches, NASA, OSIRIS-REx, Patrick AFB, rocket, space, space coast, SpaceX, ULA, USAF. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.