Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Florida Offering $40 Million Prize To Space Industry? Authentic NASA Toys and Replicas

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Despite the fact the Sunshine State has already "cornered the space market," Florida is looking to attract even more space companies in order to secure its dominance as the space titan of America.

(Spaceports Blog) Two Florida state legislators have offered identical Senate and House bills to create a "Resuable Space Industry Prize Program" funded by a proposed $40-million dollar prize "to the firm or individual in the private space sector providing the most significant advancements within the reusable space vehicle industry during the period beginning January 1, 2009 and ending January 1, 2014."

Although other states such as Virginia and New Mexico are also actively courting the space industry, few may be able to match Florida's offer.

With the space shuttle scheduled to retire in a few years, Floridian politicians are probably trying to find ways to keep their engineers, scientists and astronauts from considering migrating towards greener pastures.

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