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Blue Origin To Launch, Manufacture From Florida’s Space Coast

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

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is bringing his private space company Blue Origin to Cape Canaveral.

Bezos announced his company will launch a new orbital vehicle from Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 36.

Not only will he launch the vehicle from Florida’s space coast, he plans to manufacture and assemble the capsule at a facility just south of Kennedy Space Center.

“We’re going to build the vehicle here – so this is the first time – I don’t think there have been any vehicles that will be launched from the Space Coast that will be built here,” said Bezos.

The commitment from Blue Origin brings 300 jobs and a $200 million investment into the area.

Along with launching and manufacturing, Blue Origin plans to test out a new rocket engine at the launch complex.

Bezos hopes to launch by the end of the decade.

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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 »