The 21st century space race is on, meaning jobs for Florida, but also enhanced national security for America. As adversaries like China militarize their space program, it is necessary for the United States to focus resources to defend against growing threats and maintain our technological edge.
Florida is the epicenter for America’s space program. Our Space Coast launched the first American suborbital flight and the first American to orbit Earth. From Cape Canaveral, rockets propelled the astronauts that left their footprints on the face of the moon and ferried the space shuttle astronauts into the stratosphere for 30 years.
Astronautical and aeronautical research and development are a key part of Central Florida’s economy. Florida universities, including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, lead the world in training premier aviation and aerospace talent. As a member of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, my goal is to ensure these 21st Century jobs remain in Florida by investing in education programs here.
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