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We hope you will enjoy the articles and photographs presented in this inaugural issue of a new monthly magazine devoted to covering news and events in the state of Florida’s space industry. The Aerospace Research & Engineering Systems Institute, Inc. made the decision to produce a new periodical at a critical time for the state. The space shuttle fleet is scheduled to reach retirement this year at the same time assembly of the International Space Station is completed.

Over the next five years, NASA will continue development of a new Space Launch System to take crews and hardware to low Earth orbit while also fostering commercial cargo and crew launch services. Some of these new service providers will be calling Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center home, expanding the industry’s base in Florida and on the Space Coast. During this exciting time of transition, the state faces a challenging time for its space industry. The end of the shuttle era will bring with it the loss of thousands of jobs, both directly and indirectly related to the shuttle program. However, the new launch providers will bring with them new opportunities. We are beginning a time of great change which seems frightening to many people but which is also filled with hope for the future. Aerospace Florida will be there to cover it all and bring unparalled news coverage and insight to our readers.

May this inaugural issue be the first of many for years to come!