Florida State Advocacy
Florida Space Day
3 February, State Capitol Building, Tallahassee, Florida
Industry leaders and aerospace supporters met with state officials to highlight the positive impact of the space industry on the state economy and to determine the best strategies for leveraging economic development policies to attract private sector investment and jobs. Representatives from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and U.S. Air Force installations in the state attended the event, which was themed “Expanding the Business of Space in Florida.” Sandy Magnus also participated in a number of the congressional visits where she shared her experiences as an astronaut. AIAA continues to be a Bronze-level supporter of this event.
25 March, State Capitol Building, Tallahassee, Florida
Representatives from Florida’s aerospace industry descended on the State Capitol to discuss the state’s $9 billion space industry and help determine the best strategies for leveraging economic development policies to attract private sector investment and jobs. Former NASA astronaut Mike McCulley, Space Shuttle Pilot of STS-34, participated in the event. Space-related exhibits were also displayed, and AIAA was a bronze sponsor.
12 March, State Capitol Building, Tallahassee, Florida
AIAA once again was a sponsor of the annual event that brought representatives from Florida’s aerospace industry to the Capitol for discussions with legislators about the opportunities the industry brings to Florida and the nation’s space program. Former NASA astronaut Bob Crippen, pilot of the first orbital test flight of the Shuttle program and former NASA Kennedy Space Center Director, made scheduled appearances throughout the event. Space-related exhibits were also displayed on the third floor Rotunda of the Capitol.
6 March, State Capitol Building, Tallahassee, Florida
AIAA was a proud sponsor and participant in Florida Space Day, which took place 6 March 2013. With over 20 corporate sponsors and dozens of advocates present, the state capitol of Florida in Tallahassee was fully engaged in ideas to expand the space economy in the state. The day was filled with legislative meetings, exhibits, a legislative hearing, a 22nd floor reception over the city, and capped off with a greeting from the crew aboard the International Space Station.