OneWeb Breaks Ground on a Florida Factory That Will Build Thousands of Satellites
Originally Posted by lio45
That'd be cool
Though maybe it will slightly hurt the FL Space Coast (which has really been booming these past few years -- property prices and rents both going through the roof), so the selfish side of me would probably want to root for this initiative to fail.
For the record, I've been a big fan of anything space-related since I was a little toddler.
SpaceX launched something two days ago, on Sat evening, I didn't know about it in advance but I was nearby and it was obviously a rocket (didn't explode this time, though). I imagine this would also bring, in addition to jobs, some tourism as well to this area of NS. I do know that here, it is one of the area's "attractions", no reason why NS couldn't do the same.
By Caleb Henry, Space News | March 18, 2017 08:00am ET
WASHINGTON — OneWeb Satellites, the joint venture between rising satellite operator OneWeb and manufacturing giant Airbus, broke ground March 16 on a dedicated factory that will build thousands of OneWeb satellites instead of the hundreds originally envisioned.
OneWeb Satellites Chief Executive Brian Holz said the $85 million Exploration Park, Florida, facility — which is scheduled to open a year from now — will go above and beyond the initial 900-satellite contract OneWeb placed in January last year.
"We'll produce over 2,000 satellites largely to be flown in LEO, low-Earth orbit, to be a key kingpin in that architecture," Holz said during the ceremony. "That's going to allow us the foundation, with new automation techniques, to lower the cost of satellite delivery, and also shorten the schedules for our customer and create value that is not in the industry today."
Now Florida has Work and Maybe some of these "THOUSANDS"
of satellites can be Launched from N.S. a win -win.
By the Way the Rocket Company will foot the entire bill out of pocket and want to purchase a 20year land lease.
They ask for no Gov't handouts.
This deal is great for taxpayers!.
They spend $145 million to build it and recoup the costs at $45 million per launch...gravy train.