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If you want to expand your career with a defense firm, two in Central Florida have scooped up new contracts and have dozens of job titles available.

Global defense firm Northrop Grumman Corp. and Cape Canaveral-based Craig Technologies Inc. both landed contracts with work in Florida’s Space Coast.

Falls Church, Va.-based Northrop Grumman won two contracts totaling $19 million on June 19, according to the U.S. Department of Defense:

  • The company’s aerospace systems division in Melbourne was awarded a $12 million contract with the U.S. Navy to perform fiber-optic improvements in the full-rate production for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program. Most of the work will take place in Melbourne, but Massachusetts and St. Augustine also will conduct services. The contract has an August 2021 completion date.
  • The company also won a $7 million contract from the U.S. Navy to provide support for a tactical underwater launcher hardware. Work will take place in various part of the U.S., with 10 percent in Cape Canaveral. The contract has a September 2020 completion date.

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) is hiring 131 workers in Melbourne, 26 in Orlando, and two in Apopka, calling for software engineers, project engineers, cyber information system engineers and more.

Meanwhile, Craig Technologies was named a subcontractor on a project that involves NASA’s most powerful rocket, the Space Launch System. (See the slideshow for a look at the Space Launch System.) The company will help design and build the Universal Stage Adapter — a device that will provide environmental control to payloads during ground operations, launch and ascent, while also providing communication paths between the rocket and the Orion space capsule.

Craig Technologies will work with Alabama-based Dynetics Inc. The first use of the adapter will be for an Exploration Mission-2 mission for deep space exploration. Craig Technologies’ contract may last 11 years to allow NASA to order up to seven adapters.

The company is hiring more than 25 workers, mostly in Cocoa Beach and some in Cape Canaveral, calling for software engineers, cable technician, machinists, manufacturing engineers and more.

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Article by Matthew Richardson, Orlando Business Journal, Complete Article [ HERE ]

Harris Corporation has delivered an advanced digital weather satellite instrument to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute that will help forecasters safeguard people in the region from typhoons and other severe weather.

The Harris-built Advanced Meteorological Imager, or AMI, will be integrated into the next-generation GEO-KOMPSAT-2A weather satellite, scheduled to launch in 2018. The AMI will deliver images with three times more data and four times the resolution at refresh rates five times faster than currently available in the region.

The AMI is based on the Advanced Baseline Imager built for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-16 (GOES-16). GOES-16 launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in November 2016.

It is performing well and providing significantly increased capabilities to the National Weather Service. The data coming from the instrument will be used operationally beginning this fall. Two other advanced imagers are in orbit on Japan’s Himawari-8 and Himawari-9 weather satellites.

“South Korea is frequently threatened by typhoons and needs improved forecast accuracy to help protect lives and property,” said Eric Webster, vice president and general manager, Harris Environmental Solutions.

“More detailed information about clouds, moisture and water vapor will make it easier to track the formation of storms. The imager can also distinguish between volcanic ash, smoke and dust, which can impact airlines by causing flight delays and cancellations.”

Article by Space Daily, Complete Article [ HERE ]


Launch and landing of Falcon 9! SpaceX successfully launched its second mission in as many days from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, breaking its record for time between missions. The first stage landed on the “Just Read the Instructions” drone ship in the Pacific Ocean.

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SpaceX today will attempt to pull off its quickest turnaround between two missions when it launches a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on the pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of the Iridium-2 launch attempt. (Photo: SpaceX)

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on the pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of the Iridium-2 launch attempt.
(Photo: SpaceX)

Just two days after a previously flown Falcon 9 launched from Kennedy Space Center with the BulgariaSat-1 communications satellite and landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean, teams will attempt to vault an identical rocket from the West Coast with 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. The 4:25 p.m. Eastern time mission will attempt a drone ship landing, also marking the shortest time between two landing attempts for SpaceX.

Friday’s BulgariaSat-1 mission from KSC successfully delivered the country’s first geostationary satellite to its intended orbit after a 3:10 p.m. launch from pad 39A. It landed on the East Coast drone ship, named “Of Course I Still Love You,” about eight-and-a-half minutes later and should arrive at Port Canaveral by next week.


On the West Coast, weather won’t be an issue for today’s attempt – an update from Vandenberg described conditions as 100 percent “go.” The West Coast drone ship, known as “Just Read the Instructions,” will play host for the landing attempt.

SpaceX staffs independent launch teams on both coasts, but personnel can remotely support missions without having to travel. Teams in California, for example, were on console to support Friday’s launch from KSC, and the reverse will be true for today’s launch.

SpaceX is targeting no earlier than July 4 for its next Falcon 9 launch from Kennedy Space Center with an Intelsat communications satellite, though the date has not yet been confirmed. There will, however, be no landing attempt due to the amount of fuel needed to deliver the satellite to orbit.

Contact Emre Kelly at or 321-242-3715. Follow him on Twitter at @EmreKelly and on Facebook at Emre Kelly.

Article by Emre Kelly, Florida Today, Complete Article [ HERE ]

Port Canaveral commissioners will discuss Wednesday whether to go forward with a proposed plan to build and develop a new cruise terminal, according to Florida Today.

The new terminal, with a proposed $150 million budget, would replace terminal 3 on the south side of the port.

Under the current timeline, construction would begin in late summer 2018, according to Florida Today.

Port officials said, in a memo to port commissioners, that cruise lines have an interest in bringing additional ships to Port Canaveral, however officials cannot discuss specifics beyond that.

Carnival, Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean currently have ships based at Port Canaveral.

Article by Cruise Industry News, Complete Article [ HERE ]

When an F-35 Lightning II fighter jet streaked across the sky at the 2017 Melbourne Air & Space Show, Harris Corporation technology soared with it.

When NOAA’s GOES-16 weather satellite blasted off from Kennedy Space Center and started beaming back the most detailed weather images ever transmitted from space, it did it with instruments built by Harris.

And when Miami air traffic controllers started using the new, safer and more efficient DataComm digital communications technology to connect with pilots, they did it with Harris capabilities.

These are just a few of the major technical achievements made possible by Harris, one of Florida’s largest technology companies. And these successes are the reason Harris is hiring more and more Floridians to meet the requirements of some of the most mission-critical programs in the world.

At any time, Harris Corporation has between 200 and 300 job openings in Florida, and about 19 percent of new hires each year come from state colleges and universities. The company’s world headquarters is in Melbourne, while two of three business segments are headquartered in Palm Bay, also in Brevard County. In all, Harris employs more than 6,300 people at 18 locations in the state.

Harris also spends about $200 million annually doing business with more than 1,000 Florida supplier and vendor companies.

The programs that are doing this hiring read like a high-tech roll call – satellites, space antennas, space payloads and electronics, space and range ground systems, military airborne radios, robotics, environmental data collection, U.S. military satellite communications, FAA telecommunications, Geiger-mode LiDAR, electronic warfare and many others.

MyFloridaNet-2, which links 4,000 State of Florida sites and provides 4,700 connections through a state-wide communications infrastructure, employs many Floridians. This vital network connects public safety, law enforcement, public schools and other state and local government agencies.

And then there’s the F-35. In a facility near the banks of the Indian River Lagoon in Malabar, Harris employees build avionics racks and power supplies for all aircraft mission systems, network interface systems and antennas and datalink components. In each Lightning II there are more than 1,500 module components, 58 network interface units, 21 power supplies, six advanced antenna arrays and three antenna interface units made in Florida.

Harris builds technology to connect, inform and protect the world, and thousands of Floridians make it happen every day.

Article by The Capitolist, Complete Article [ HERE ]

Port Canaveral recently approved more than $1.2 million to begin work on building a bigger and better Cruise Terminal 3 due to interest from cruise lines in adding more cruise ships to the port.

The funds were approved by the Canaveral Port Authority commissioners as the port looks to the future and having more cruise ships sail from Port Canaveral.  The money will go to an engineering company to lead design a new berth, permit support, dredging, bidding support and construction support.

Port Canaveral CEO Captain John Murray, gave the following statement: “Port Canaveral is seeing continued growth in our cruise business. We regularly review and assess our operational capabilities and, over the last two years, we have made prudent investments in our cruise terminals.”

Port Canaveral is the third busiest cruise port in Florida with Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line all having cruise ships that sail out of the port on a variety of 3 to 14 day cruises.

Article by Cruise Fever, complete article [ HERE ]

Canaveral Cargo Terminal received the first ocean carrier container service in 2016, when StreamLines, N.V., part of the Seatrade Group, launched its new Bluestream container service. (Image for

Canaveral Cargo Terminal received the first ocean carrier container service in 2016, when StreamLines, N.V., part of the Seatrade Group, launched its new Bluestream container service. (Image for


BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – U.S. and international business executives and senior government officials gathered in Washington, D.C. in June for the largest-yet SelectUSA Investment Summit, the highest-profile event promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States.

Among the new FDI companies in attendance was GT USA, the cargo terminal operator that recently began operations in Florida. More than 2,800 participants from across the United States and 64 international markets attended the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit.

The summit brings together companies from all over the world, economic development organizations from across the United States, and trade officials representing dozens of nations with a focus on driving business investment in the United States.

In line with the 2017 Summit theme “Grow with US”, GT USA CEO Peter Richards met with Barbara A. Leaf, U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, and other government and corporate representatives to provide an update on operations since the opening of the company’s first North American investment.

“Based on the success Gulftainer has found at Port Canaveral, we continue to look for future investment opportunities in the United States as we expand GT USA’s market presence and forge new partners in trade,” Richards said.

Among the key topics, the summit brought together experts in the field of public-private partnerships together to discuss the challenges and opportunities of American infrastructure investment.

Gulftainer signed a historic 35-year agreement with Canaveral Port Authority to develop and operate a multipurpose cargo and container terminal at Port Canaveral. Gulftainer, the largest privately owned, independent terminal operator and logistics company in the world, is based in the UAE.

Canaveral Cargo Terminal received the first ocean carrier container service in 2016, when StreamLines, N.V., part of the Seatrade Group, launched its new Bluestream container service. The service transports refrigerated and dry cargo between Port Canaveral, Europe, the French West Indies and Central America.

The terminal was developed at Port Canaveral on 20 acres with two berths and two gantry cranes to serve large vessels, has operations with a 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) cargo capacity of 200,000 TEUs.

In addition to containers, the terminal customer base also includes vehicles, break-bulk and heavy lift cargo.

GT USA enhanced its supply chain capabilities in 2016 to serve domestic and international shipping lines with the addition of more than 40,000 square feet of covered storage at Port Canaveral. GT USA provides a full range of logistics services, including trucking, cross docking, storage and inventory control and last mile distribution.

Operating the terminal and moving cargo in and out of Port Canaveral, GT USA’s hiring includes more than 45 employees involved in administration, stevedoring, logistics, safety, security and IT, who subsequently work with dozens of third party workers who provide a multitude of services.

Article by Space Coast Daily, Complete Article [ HERE ]

FLORIDA TODAY President Jeff Kiel announced Thursday that the media company’s headquarters is for sale.

The expansive facility is located off U.S. 1 between Rockledge and Melbourne. When purchased, FLORIDA TODAY’s news and business operation will move to a yet-to-be identified space in Brevard County. There is no timetable for that move.

FLORIDA TODAY’s building at One Gannett Plaza opened in 1986, moving its TODAY operations from Cocoa.

“We will miss the rich history this home served for Gannett, USA TODAY and FLORIDA TODAY,” Kiel said. “However, needs have changed from mixed-use manufacturing, warehousing and office operations to space that allows us to deploy more technology with open and collaborative space and specialized work areas.

“We believe this is critical to our continued success and growth.”

Like the shift from Cocoa to U.S. 1 more than three decades ago reflected a changing news operation and media environment, so does the eventual FLORIDA TODAY move from its current site.

It follows a pattern of other media properties selling iconic buildings to acknowledge different physical needs. The Miami Herald made a similar move as did The New York Times, USA TODAY and numerous other media companies throughout the United States.

The FLORIDA TODAY building has been visited by world leaders, ranging from Fortune 500 business executives to astronauts to U.S. presidential candidates. Community meetings and other events have helped FLORIDA TODAY news gatherers and marketing people monitor the pulse of the Space Coast. It also has withstood numerous storms and hurricanes.

The Florida Today building on US1 in Melbourne.  (Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY)

The Florida Today building on US1 in Melbourne. (Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY)

“There is a lot of history in this building,” Kiel said.

FLORIDA TODAY is part of the USA TODAY Network, directly serving 109 markets across 43 states, and national coverage through USA TODAY. Gannett’s portfolio also includes specialized media properties, and a full suite of digital-marketing services, including the recent introduction of ReachLocal.

In September 2016, with the acquisition of the Journal Media Group, Gannett gained a state-of-the-art print facility in Port St. Lucie. The centralized location made it possible to jointly serve operations for both the Space and Treasure Coast properties. Ceasing print operations at the Brevard facility freed up considerable space in the building and changed operational needs.

“The FLORIDA TODAY building is an iconic property in the heart of the Brevard County market,” said David Murphy, senior vice president at CBRE Group Inc., the commercial real estate company marketing the property.

Murphy said he anticipates high demand for the property, with marketing to begin in full force in July. Industrial vacancy in Central Florida has dropped below 5 percent, so “buildings like the FLORIDA TODAY facility are in high demand from companies and investors,” he said.

“The facility combines well-designed office space with industrial manufacturing and warehousing. The location of this property in the center of Brevard County is going to appeal to a wide variety of companies,” Murphy said.

The list price is $7.9 million.

“The growth in e-commerce and fulfillment in the state of Florida, coupled with expansion in defense and the space industry bodes well for commercial real estate in Brevard County.”

As for the future of FLORIDA TODAY Kiel said the operation is committed to being the leading media outlet on the Space Coast while offering readers, advertisers and others not only local coverage but access through the USA TODAY Network.

“To be clear, FLORIDA TODAY is here to stay,” Kiel said. “Now more than ever, we believe in the importance of what we do and we are committed to our mission to empower the community.”

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Article by Wayne T. Price, Florida Today, Complete Article [ HERE ]