Aviation and Spaceports Office
Our Mission: Space
Florida has one of the most dynamic transportation systems in the world. Besides roads, bridges, seaports, and airports, we also have a leadership role in America’s space program. Substantial public benefits such as GPS, weather forecasting, disaster response, smartphones, and NextGen rely on satellites to enhance our transportation system and improve our quality of life. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) uniquely includes support for spaceports as part of our transportation network.
Who We Are
FDOT and Space Florida work closely together to provide space transportation services and infrastructure in the state.
FDOT, as authorized by Section 331.360, F.S., provides funding assistance for projects that improve aerospace transportation facilities; encourages coordination between airports and spaceports; and fosters interagency efforts to improve space transportation capacity and efficiency.
Space Florida serves as the state’s lead agency for state aerospace-related activities with federal agencies, the military, state agencies, and the private sector. It promotes and assists Florida’s aerospace business sector by providing launch facilities, financial services, and innovative education programs. Created as an independent special district of the State of Florida pursuant to Chapter 331, Part II, F.S., Space Florida is charged with fostering the growth and development of a sustainable and world-leading space industry in Florida.
Grant Funding for Spaceport Development
FDOT provides grants and technical assistance to Space Florida for transportation related infrastructure improvements. Grants are used to stimulate private sector investment and commercial spaceport operations. Most notably, the historic Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center was transferred from NASA to Space Florida in June 2015. At 15,000 feet long and 300 feet wide, it is one of the longest and most capable runways in the world. It will serve a new generation of space launch vehicles and be used as a testing ground for new technologies.Key Aspects of Spaceport Infrastructure Grant Program
- Consistent with other FDOT grant programs for airports and seaports:
- Projects are spaceport system plan and master plan driven
- Match requirements, at least 50% non-state match toward project costs
- Funds are restricted to spaceport territories, which are defined in Florida law
- Grants are only issued to Space Florida
- Guidance provided in The Florida Spaceports Project Handbook (5.38 MB in PDF).