Congressmen Posey and Crist push to keep launch business in the U.S.

Congressmen Posey and Crist push to keep launch business in the U.S.

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Election Day evening scenes at a victory party with Congressman Bill Posey, seen here, at the Holiday Inn in Melbourne-Viera Conference Center.

With the rocket business booming, Congressmen Bill Posey and Charlie Crist want to make sure launches are “made in America.”

On Thursday, they re-introduced the American Commercial Space Act to promote the domestic space launch industry giving tax incentives to launch operators for 10 years if they launch from U.S. soil.

“It levels the playing fielding field against countries such as Russia and China who heavily subsidize launches to attract more customers,” Posey told FLORIDA TODAY last year.

For example, OneWeb builds satellites adjacent to Kennedy Space Center, but actually launches from Russia’s Vostochny cosmodrome, the new spaceport located in Amur Oblast, the Russian Far East. The company has stated they expect to launch from Cape Canaveral at some point in the future. 

Posey said the U.S. used to have virtually 100% of the world’s commercial launch market but due to “over-regulations” it’s now closer to 64%.





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