Five-year-old Melbourne resident Evan LeFevre has brought smiles to faces across the nation thanks to his energy, creativity, and compassion toward animals. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

Five-year-old Melbourne resident Evan LeFevre has brought smiles to faces across the nation thanks to his energy, creativity, and compassion toward animals. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

Melbourne’s 5-Year Old Evan LeFevre Crowned PETA’s 2016 ‘Cutest Vegan Kid’

By Space Coast Daily // April 19, 2016

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Five-year-old Melbourne resident Evan LeFevre has brought smiles to faces across the nation thanks to his energy, creativity, and compassion toward animals.

Now he’s been chosen as the male winner of PETA Kids’ 2016 Cutest Vegan Kids contest, beating out dozens of contestants 12 and under and earning a trophy, an animal-friendly prize pack, and a year’s worth of bragging rights.

“The joy and enthusiasm that Evan brings to every adorable online video or earnest conversation with friends and family members have earned him PETA Kids’ 2016 Cutest Vegan Kid award,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg.

“Every vegan kid sets a compassionate example for all ages and makes the world a better place by the forkful.”

When his mother went vegan after watching Cowspiracy, Evan chose to join her because he “loves animals”—and since then, his 70-year-old grandfather has made the switch to plant-based meals, too.

The kindergartner designed his own T-shirt featuring a vegan motto that he wrote at age 4: “Don’t eat cows because they suffer & die. They don’t like it & neither do I!”

He enjoys sharing vegan meals with his friends and classmates, with spicy dishes like burritos being his favorite.

And speaking of “shares,” he has garnered thousands of views on Facebook and YouTube for his fun pro-vegan videos, including a memorable freestyle rap.

PETA Kids—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count.

Article Courtesy / Credit: Space Coast Daily Complete Article [ HERE ]

Virgin Galactic Launcher One system could be employed to launch OneWeb satellites from Florida. (Virgin Galactic)

Virgin Galactic Launcher One system could be employed to launch OneWeb satellites from Florida. (Virgin Galactic)


(April 19, 2016, by Paul Brinkmann Orlando Sentinel) – Florida’s Space Coast is getting two major new players, OneWeb and possibly Virgin Galactic, with a plan to collaborate on launching hundreds of satellites.

The founder of OneWeb, Greg Wyler, confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel that his company is moving to Kennedy Space Center. Wyler plans to announce more details Tuesday morning in a news conference with Gov. Rick Scott, who will explain $20 million in state incentive dollars for the company.

“It’s pretty exciting to see that Florida will be the base for a new satellite network that will extend high-speed access to 54 percent of the globe,” Wyler said in a phone interview.

OneWeb already has $500 million in funding to launch the new satellites, designed to boost internet access globally. It also has contracts with Virgin Galactic and French company Arianespace for launches. The company plans to hire at least 250 people.

Wyler confirmed that some launches will eventually occur at Kennedy. That would mean the arrival of another major new player in the growing commercial space race in Florida, joining United Launch Alliance, SpaceX and Blue Origin with major operations.

“Yes, the plan is to use Virgin Galactic in Florida,” Wyler said.

Wyler and local officials said the plan to launch from Kennedy on Virgin requires more permitting and negotiation.

Virgin Galactic is planning to launch satellites from its LauncherOne system, which tucks a rocket and satellite under the wing of a 747 named Cosmic Girl. The plane carries LauncherOne to an altitude of 35,000 feet before releasing the rocket to begin its flight to orbit.

Most Florida launches use pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base to launch cargo and satellites on rockets such as SpaceX’s Falcon 9 or ULA’s Atlas V.

Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne system will require a big runway — which Kennedy has, a leftover from the space shuttle program.

OneWeb is a startup, but it has $500 million in funding from big players that include Airbus Group, Bharti Enterprises, Hughes Network Systems, Intelsat, Qualcomm, Coca-Cola and Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. OneWeb eventually plans to launch as many as 900 satellites.

OneWeb hopes to start manufacturing in 2017 at the $36 million Spacecraft Integration Center in Kennedy Space Center’s Exploration Park. It is aiming for its first launch by 2018. Some of the first satellites might be built in Europe and launched from ArianeSpace’s facility in French Guiana, on South America’s Atlantic coast near the equator.

The competition is real, and it is revitalizing Florida’s Space Coast. With the arrival of Virgin Galactic, Florida would have an unprecedented concentration of private launch companies. Blue Origin is ready to break ground on a new rocket manufacturing facility and engine test center nearby.

Wyler, 46, lives in Sewall’s Point, about 120 miles south of KSC. Wyler said OneWeb chose Florida not just for the spaceport, but also for the “deep bench of aerospace and engineering talent here.”

SpaceX, which has been launching from Florida for years, is also seeking permits from the Federal Communications Commission to launch a new satellite network.

But Intelsat, which is aligned with OneWeb now, has filed objections with the FCC about SpaceX’s plan. Intelsat’s attorney Susan H. Crandall wrote that SpaceX hasn’t provided enough detail about its plans, which means others “do not have the necessary information” to determine how SpaceX would “avoid collision with other satellites.”

The competition is welcome to some.

“It always helps to bring a diversity of jobs locally,” United Launch Alliance’s director of East Coast launch operations Tony Taliancich said. “It’s a good sign for the area. The ability to attract industry to this area, close to the launch sites, helps create a better infrastructure.”

That infrastructure is what the state incentives are tied to mostly. Funding from Florida Department of Transportation, for example, would help OneWeb with the cost of roads, utilities and other infrastructure that would be left behind even if OneWeb doesn’t thrive in Florida in the long term.

Space companies also bring higher-paying jobs, said Taliancich, a Florida native who has lived in Merritt Island 15 years.

“It really speaks to the resources available and the proximity of a number of types of operations,” he said. OneWeb’s arrival “really benefits the whole state of Florida.”

OneWeb has listed several job openings in the Space Coast area for the past month, including senior engineers and programmers for job locations in Melbourne.

The Space Coast communities of Melbourne, Titusville and Palm Bay are already home to several companies that make satellite components, including Raytheon, Honeywell and Harris Corp.

Wyler has already launched 12 satellites from his company O3b Networks. Before that, he had attempted to fulfill his vision of better internet access for underdeveloped regions in Rwanda with a company called Terracom.

That venture ended when the government of Rwanda became frustrated with slow progress, but Wyler blamed global internet connections to the Rwanda system for Terracom’s problems. It was that experience that led him to the idea for OneWeb.

“There’s a tremendous amount of demand, global demand, for better networks,” Wyler said.

He said OneWeb will also launch satellites made in Florida from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, and from ArianeSpace’s facility. OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture with Airbus, will also build satellites in Florida for other companies, he said.

OneWeb’s network would not be able to launch some satellites from Florida — if they are aimed at polar orbits that pass over the north and south poles. ArianeSpace has built its spaceport in French Guiana because of its position in South America near the ocean and the equator.

Reporter Marco Santana contributed to this story. or 407-420-5660; or 407-420-5256

Article courtesy of by Paul Brinkmann Orlando Sentinel, Complete Article [ HERE ]

Source: Flickr user Official U.S. Navy Page

Source: Flickr user Official U.S. Navy Page


Melbourne’s part of Florida’s Space Coast—ground zero for U.S. space exploration. It’s less than an hour drive to two year-round rocket launch sites, the John F. Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Being on the Space Coast means plenty of aerospace, defense, IT, and other high-tech companies have set up shop here. If you are a techy type—and you’re moderately to severely competent—perhaps you can land a job in town with:

  • General Electric
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Ares Defense Systems
  • DRS Technologies
  • Harris Corporation
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Embraer

Complete Article [ HERE ]



Make the most of your visit to the Space Coast of Central Florida with these Vacation and Visitor Guides.

Vacation Planner for the Space Coast



Visit Florida’s Space Coast where your next adventure awaits! With over 72 miles of beach along Florida’s Atlantic coast, it’s easy to find your space in the sand, claim it as your own and soak up the sun! So if you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway for two, a fun-filled vacation for the family, or just a weekend gathering with good friends, we invite you to stay, plant your beach chair in the sand and breathe in the ocean air. Located in east Central Florida 45-minutes from Orlando and the Orlando Airport, we are Orlando’s closest beach. Florida’s Space Coast towns include: Titusville, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Melbourne Beaches, Viera and Palm Bay.

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Harris Corp. HQ'd in Melbourne Florida

Harris Corp. HQ’d in Melbourne Florida

Hundreds of Harris Corporation employees are volunteering their time to help the homeless, part of the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts.

They spent part of their Wednesday preparing five thousand personal hygiene kits to be distributed to four direct service providers: the Veterans Outreach Center, Center for Youth Services, the Salvation Army of Greater Rochester and Willow Domestic Violence Center.

Those organizations will distribute the kits to those in need.

The program is run in conjunction with the United Way, and Harris Director of Community Affairs, Chris Sizemore, says programs like this are part of the Harris Employees Actively Responding Together, or HEART program.

“Our way that employees can get involved in the community, give back to their community, and serve through a volunteer role.  It’s part of a much larger strategy that we really want to be a good corporate citizen in the back yards where we work and live,” Sizemore said.

The company says the kits with personal supplies may help homeless individuals gain a greater sense of self, and a brighter outlook on life.


Harris Corporation is headquartered in Melbourne Florida, with facilities in Melbourne and Neighboring Palm Bay. Harris is the largest employer in the State of Florida.

Harris provides advanced, technology-based solutions that solve government and commercial customers’ mission critical challenges. The company has approximately $8 billion in annual revenue and about 23,000 employees – including 9,000 engineers and scientists – supporting customers in more than 125 countries.
Harris just Recently bought ITT Corp’s Defense Division and Plans on moving over 5,100 Scientists and Support Staff to Brevard County.

Orlando Business Journal (April 14, 2016): Local employees for a major defense and aerospace company are staying busy, thanks to the many contracts the firm is landing.

The Melbourne unit of Northrop Grumman Corp. was awarded a $19.1 million contract to update an airborne radar aircraft. The U.S. Navy contract was awarded on April 12.


E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. Northrop Grumman secured its first international sale of the Advanced Hawkeye with Japan, which will be just the first in a broader push to score more global sales.


Contract work includes various updates to the E-2C Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. The order includes system engineering; technical, logistical and management support; modification, instrumentation, and installation and removal; aircraft maintenance; ground and air testing; and more. The work has an expected completion date of July 2018.

Northrop Grumman has been on a defense contract frenzy, which is big business for Melbourne.

The Falls Church, Va.-based company (NYSE: NOC) was awarded a $50.7 million U.S. Navy contract in March for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye — which is a different version from the E-2C — and a $20.1 million and $16.9 million contract, both awarded in February. And in December, the company landed a $285.9 million contract for production of the E-2D aircraft.

Its biggest contract, however, i s the multibillion-dollar B-21 stealth bomber for the U.S. Air Force. While the full development will not take place in Central Florida, the contract will support thousand jobs in Melbourne, as design work will take place at its local facilities.

Credit: Matthew Richardson, Reporter, Orlando Business Journal

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Interesting happenings on the Space Coast of Brevard Country this past week with Elon Musk’s SpaceX Rocket making a successful launch this last Friday April 8th, delivering over 7,000 Ibs of cargo to the International Space Station. After the first stage flight delivered the second stage and cargo to Space – the Falcon 9 first stage successfully landed on a Barge in the Atlantic, making history.

The stage and the barge arrived in Port Canaveral Tuesday morning, it will be demated from the drone ship and taken to LC-39 at Kennedy Space Center. The stage has already been sold to SES-Americom for reuse.



Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne, Florida on a late afternoon as seen by my Yuneec Q500 Typhoon Drone. A few surfers were still out riding the waves, and there was a sailboat off in the distance. It was a pretty windy day (the official wind speed was 15 mph). As the drone cleared the Sea Grapes it was getting buffeted around pretty good, but other than that it flew flawlessly.

 Credit: Cocoa Beach 365