Space Florida President Frank DiBello
Space News has a Q&A with Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello, who is leading efforts to help rebuild the Sunshine State’s aerospace industry as NASA winds down its space shuttle program. DiBello expressed confidence that the thousands of jobs being lost can be replace by diversifying away from NASA toward a broader base that will include DOD, commercial space, aviation, and other high-technology areas where the state’s highly skilled workforce can thrive. He is optimistic about attracting more launches to Cape Canaveral, which has been hit hard to low-cost foreign competition.
> Hasn’t the commercial space industry left Florida?
> If we only look at it as commercial satellite launch, the nation has lost that business to France and to Russia and others. And I believe that can be brought back, I clearly do. And I think we’re going to have to get very competitive, not only in the satellite construction industry but in the launch industry. > > I think you can increase capacity to launch Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles, but the real future lies in the introduction of a whole new class of launch vehicles that can be introduced at competitive pricing. (…) Read the rest of DiBello Optimistic About Space Coast Employment Recovery (118 words) > > * * * > > (C) Douglas for Parabolic Arc, 2011. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post > > Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh