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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

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.

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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. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to ... Read Full Bio »