Space Coast Featured In BREAKBULK MAGAZINE Regarding Reusable Rocket Boosters

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Quite fittingly, the telephone area code for Central Florida’s Space Coast is 321 – an homage to the final three numbers in the countdown sequence for rocket launches. (Port Canaveral Image)

(BREAKBULK MAGAZINE) – Quite fittingly, the telephone area code for Central Florida’s Space Coast is 321 – an homage to the final three numbers in the countdown sequence for rocket launches.

But, while the area code wasn’t assigned by the Florida Public Service Commission until 1999, the Sunshine State’s Atlantic Coast has been home to unmanned space launches even before astronaut Rear Adm.

Alan Shepard took off in May 1961 from what is now known as Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. That launch station and adjoining Kennedy Space Center make up what is typically viewed as America’s Spaceport. But a third nearby facility, Canaveral Port Authority’s Port Canaveral, is increasingly coming into play as well, with the advent of reusable rocket boosters by the burgeoning commercial space industry.

Indeed, Capt. John Murray, former president and CEO of ocean carrier company Hapag-Lloyd USA, and, since early 2016, CEO of Port Canaveral, sees the reusable boosters, each with an empty weight of early 100 tons, providing a substantial boost to project cargo activity at the seaport.

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