Aerospace & Defense

Decades of pioneering innovation, a top-ranked workforce and an infrastructure built for the future will drive your business to new heights.

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Florida’s aerospace and defense industry is booming

2nd among U.S. states for aerospace products and parts manufacturing

3rd largest veteran population in the U.S.

3 space ports

2nd among U.S. states for space and defense systems manufacturing

21 major military installations

400 aerospace establishments


A state synonymous with space

One of the most military-friendly states in the nation, Florida's ready-made aerospace and defense workforce is perfectly suited for your company's next mission.

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Florida’s Aerospace & Defense Industry Goes Above and Beyond

More than a half-century of innovation and a growing workforce will propel your company’s success.


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Find the right location

From Northwest Florida to the Space Coast to South Florida, our team can help you find the aerospace and defense location you need to succeed.

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Affordable rates & incentives

FPL electric rates are 41% below the national average with negotiable incentives designed to attract new investments to the Sunshine State.

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Advanced smart grid technology

FPL uses advanced sensors to quickly identify outages and has installed more than 120,000 smart devices on the electric grid to improve service.

Additional Resources

The Florida Defense Support Task Force

The main body of support for the defense industry in Florida, awarding grants and guiding the future of military operations in the state.

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Florida Department of Transportation

The Florida Department of Transportation’s continuing mission is to provide a safe transportation system that ensures the mobility of people and goods, enhances economic prosperity, and preserves the quality of the state’s environment and communities.

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Space Florida

Florida’s aerospace economic development organization, committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses.

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CareerSource Florida

Florida's statewide workforce policy and investment board, helping connect businesses with the talented workforce and training needed to succeed and grow.

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News Room

Apr 28, 2022
5 min

The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) is pleased to announce the opening of Percepto, the leading autonomous inspection and monitoring solution provider, revolutionizing how industrial sites monitor and inspect their critical infrastructure and assets. The company, with roots in Israel, will occupy an 11,000 sq. ft. building located at 7201 Haverhill Business Parkway, Riviera Beach, FL, and estimates 100 new high wage jobs with several million dollars of capital investment planned. Introduced by Florida Power & Light Company’s Office of Economic Development (FPL), the Business Development Board helped Percepto with site location searches, permitting assistance, and local connections. Bill Reichel of Reichel Realty & Investments, Inc., who is a BDB member, handled the real estate transaction.

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Sep 27, 2021
9 min

Today, Governor DeSantis announced Terran Orbital’s decision to choose Merritt Island for construction of its Commercial Spacecraft and Constellation Facility, bringing valuable spacecraft manufacturing opportunities and capabilities to the State of Florida by investing more than $300 million in new construction and equipment. This will be the largest satellite manufacturing facility in the world. The project is expected to create approximately 2,100 new jobs with an estimated annual average wage of $84,000 by late 2025.

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Dec 20, 2021
9 min

The world of space exploration has changed markedly since the heyday of the Space Shuttle, but one element remains unchanged: Florida’s commitment to remaining at the cutting edge of space innovation and investment.

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Dec 14, 2021
7 min

Today, Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Space Florida, and NASA hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new NASA Causeway Bridge, a $126 million project to build two high-level fixed bridges over the Indian River, providing a new gateway to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. “Since taking office, our administration has prioritized investment in transportation infrastructure that will enhance access to Cape Canaveral and advance Florida’s position as a leader in space,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez.

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Feb 21, 2022
10 min

Dan Robinson, a soft-spoken native of northeast England, chats in a Miami Beach coffee house, his dog at his feet. Meanwhile in California, representatives of the U.S. Air Force test a video game-like technology his company is developing to answer America’s military pilot predicament. The nation is short of pilots — by about 2,000 for the Air Force in recent years. It misses the mark in readiness. Training is expensive. “Accelerate change or lose,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said in 2020 directive to the service.

More at Florida Trend
Dec 22, 2021
5 min

While SpaceX and United Launch Alliance have been sending rockets up at an increased pace the past several years, the Space Coast is about to get much busier with more commercial rocket companies set to join the launch party.

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Oct 16, 2021
10 min

Space Perspective, the world’s leading luxury spaceflight experience company, today announced that it has selected Florida’s Space Coast Spaceport in Titusville, Florida as the location for the company’s worldwide campus and manufacturing complex. Space Perspective will invest more than $38 million in new construction and high-value equipment and tooling, including the $9 million, 120,000 square foot manufacturing building slated to be fully operational within the next 24 months. The investment will also spur the creation of approximately 240 full-time permanent jobs by the end of 2026, with an annual average wage of $80,000, plus benefits.

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Jul 01, 2021
7 min

The $210 million project will bring three additional hangars for ST Engineering's aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Pensacola. The project also will add administrative office space to two of the new hangars.

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