Space Coast Economic Development Commission Teaming with Terran Orbital to Foster Strong Workforce Pipeline

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project expected to create approximately 2,100 new jobs, will be completed in 2025

WATCH: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis visited Merritt Island to announce that Terran Orbital will invest $300 million in the Space Coast. “Florida’s Space Coast offers Terran Orbital the day-one, ready-to-work talent this innovative manufacturer needs to scale up quickly,” said Lynda L. Weatherman, president and CEO, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.

The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is teaming with the company and state and local partners to foster a strong workforce pipeline sustained by higher education and other training programs to drive success.

BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced Terran Orbital’s decision to choose Merritt Island for the construction of its Commercial Spacecraft and Constellation Facility – bringing valuable spacecraft manufacturing opportunities and capabilities to the State of Florida by investing more than $300 million in new construction and equipment.

“Florida’s Space Coast offers Terran Orbital the day-one, ready-to-work talent this innovative manufacturer needs to scale up quickly,” said Lynda L. Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.

“The EDC is teaming with the company and our state and local partners to foster a strong workforce pipeline sustained by higher education and other training programs to drive success. The addition of Terran Orbital to our community marks a significant milestone in Brevard County’s transformation from the place for launch to the place for launch, production and processing for the civil, defense and commercial space industries.”

The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, a community coalition, is the official economic development organization for Brevard County. The Economic Development Commission is committed to helping businesses locate and expand on Florida’s Space Coast.

“We work collaboratively to support companies in their exploration of Florida’s Space Coast with the goal of attracting and growing quality businesses, creating jobs, encouraging new investment – and helping shape Brevard County’s economic future,” said Weatherman.

Lynda L. Weatherman, president and CEO, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast said the EDC is teaming with Terran Orbital and its state and local partners to foster a strong workforce pipeline sustained by higher education and other training programs to drive success.

This will be the largest satellite manufacturing facility in the world and the project is expected to create approximately 2,100 new jobs with an estimated annual average wage of $84,000 by late 2025.

“I am excited to announce that Terran Orbital will be investing $300 million in the Space Coast to build the largest satellite manufacturing facility in the world,” said DeSantis.

“Satellite manufacturing is and will continue to be an important part of the economy in the Space Coast, and with this announcement we are upping the ante. In Florida we are going to continue to take the lead on space by investing in infrastructure, training highly skilled workers and maintaining an economic climate that allows companies like Terran Orbital to thrive. I congratulate them on a great decision to come to Florida.”

The Terran Orbital project will be the largest satellite manufacturing facility in the world and the project is expected to create approximately 2,100 new jobs with an estimated annual average wage of $84,000 by late 2025. (Terran Orbital Image)

“We are pleased to partner with Space Florida,” said Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Terran Orbital Marc Bell.

“Not only will we be able to expand our production capabilities to meet the growing demand for our products, but we will also bring valuable spacecraft manufacturing opportunities and capabilities to the State of Florida by investing more than $300 million in new construction and equipment and creating approximately 2,100 new jobs with an average wage of $84,000 by the end of 2025.”

The approximately 660,000 square foot, custom designed facility will enable Terran Orbital to manufacture the entire small satellite life cycle. Located at the Launch and Launching Facility on the east side of the runway, Terran Orbital’s campus will provide space vehicle assembly; printed circuit board assembly manufacturing; CNC machining and additive manufacturing; space vehicle module, subsystems, and electro-mechanical assembly; harness and cabling production; and qualification and acceptance testing.

The three-building development will also include administrative and office space.

“We are pleased to partner with Space Florida,” said Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Terran Orbital Marc Bell. “Not only will we be able to expand our production capabilities to meet the growing demand for our products, but we will also bring valuable spacecraft manufacturing opportunities and capabilities to the State of Florida by investing more than $300 million in new construction and equipment and creating approximately 2,100 new jobs with an average wage of $84,000 by the end of 2025.”

Terran Orbital Corporation is the leading vertically integrated provider of end-to-end satellite solutions. Terran Orbital combines satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations and in-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil and commercial customers. In addition, Terran Orbital is developing the world’s most advanced Earth Observation Constellation to provide vital capabilities in image responsiveness.

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