April 19, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A signature from Governor Rick Scott will help Cecil Airport compete in the new era of space exploration.
The governor signed the Spaceport Territory Bill
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority says the law will help strengthen Cecil Airport's ability to compete as a commercial horizontal launch spaceport.
The law makes Cecil Airport part of Space Florida's master planning effort. It also makes Cecil Airport eligible for infrastructure improvements that will ultimately allow Florida to compete for business associated with spaceflight industries.
Cecil Airport is one of eight commercial spaceports in the United States licensed for horizontal launch capabilities, and the only one in Florida.
"Ensuring Florida remain a global leader in spaceflight activity is a top priority for th Florida Chamber," said Ryan West, Director of Talent and Innovation Policy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. "A vibrant space and aerospace industry are essential for generating reemployment opportunities for displaced shuttle program workers."