WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Blue Origin, Space Florida Ink Deal For Launch Complex 36

Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos committed to launching and manufacturing from Florida's Space Coast. Photo: Brendan Byrne

Stay up to date on coronavirus coverage: Listen to WMFE on your radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” or “WMFE” and you’ll be connected.

Space Florida and Blue Origin inked a deal for an Air Force Launch Pad and manufacturing plant.

The deal comes about a month after Blue Origin founder announced plans to come to the Space Coast.

Blue Origin founder and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants to develop and launch a new orbital vehicle from Launch Complex 36 by the end of the decade.

And he’s one step closer after Space Florida’s board approved a deal that that moves ownership of the launch pad from the Air Force to the private space company.

Blue Origin plans to test a new rocket engine – the BE-4 – that’s in the running to replace Russian engines for United Launch Alliance on site.

The private space company also plans to manufacture rocket parts at a facility south of Kennedy Space Center.


Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida COVID-19 news, updates on special programs and more. Support our extended coverage.

GET THE LATEST

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. He also helps produce WMFE's public affairs show "Intersection," working with host ... Read Full Bio »

TOP