Space tourism company Space Perspective will build new headquarters and manufacturing complex at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, creating about 240 jobs by the end of 2026.
The company said the jobs will pay an average of $80,000 a year.
Space Perspective announced Thursday that it plans to build a campus on what it’s referring to as the “Space Coast Spaceport” site for its capsule and balloon manufacturing facility, laboratories and operations infrastructure for everything from launch to mission control.
The company said it will invest more than $38 million in new construction, equipment and tooling. That includes a $9 million, 120,000-square-foot manufacturing building scheduled to be fully operational within two years.
Space Perspective said it plans to launch at the Launch and Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, as well as two other Florida sites.
Space Perspective conducted a five-state site selection search before choosing Brevard County for this project.
“The amazing opportunities in space tourism made the selection process very competitive,” Taber MacCallum, founder, co-chief executive officer and chief technology officer of Space Perspective, said in a statement announcing the company’s decision. “Florida and its system of spaceports became the front-runner. This is a win for the entire state of Florida, as we are planning launch operations from three Florida spaceports.”
Upon completion, the new complex will serve as Space Perspective’s worldwide campus, including as a production site of Space Perspective’s SpaceBalloons and its Spaceship Neptune spacecraft. It also will be a welcome center for its space tourism customers and their guests, with interactive experiences and capsule models.
Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, said the announcement is the latest sign that “we’re witnessing a revolution in space access, and Florida’s Space Coast is now the place for production, as well as launch.”.
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“With its selection of Titusville, Space Perspective joins Lockheed Martin, Astrotech, Boeing and others in what is quickly becoming a significant aerospace hub across the causeway from Cape Canaveral.”