FLORIDA TREND: ‘Unmanned Launches Will keep Cape Busy’
By Space Coast Daily // April 27, 2012
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IN FLORIDA TREND’s 2012 Economic Yearbook, author Jerry Jackson points out that the shuttle’s demise didn’t push unemployment as high as many feared.
Major expansions by Harris, Boeing and other aviation-related businesses are helping, and unmanned launches will keep the Cape busy this year, further assisting to offset a void created by the end of the shuttle program.
While the space shuttle is gone, the actual number of rocket launches from Cape Canaveral won’t decrease significantly.
Brig. Gen. Anthony Cotton, commander of the Air Force 45th Space Wing and director of the Eastern Range, says the Cape will be busy throughout the year, with at least one unmanned launch nearly every month.