- 2 February 2017
- Transport / Logistics Services
Space launch and landing facility Space Florida has announced that FedEx is to be its preferred provider of logistics, cargo and transportation services.
Space Florida operates the launch and landing strip for the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Centre (KSC).
“The Space industry, comprised of highly-specialized and time-sensitive shipments, is poised for rapid growth and innovation. It is an exciting time to be part of the global Space marketplace,” said Brie Carere, senior vice president, Global Portfolio Marketing, FedEx Services.
“From aerospace to Exomedicine, the FedEx portfolio is well-positioned to support the privatization of Space.”
FedEx began its relationship with Space Florida in May 2015 when one of its Boeing 757Fs was the first commercial aircraft to land on the Shuttle Landing Facility runway.
The commercial space industry is growing rapidly, and FedEx has developed FedEx Space Solutions that provides customers with round the clock access to a team of knowledgeable experts who are dedicated solely to serving the needs of the global space industry.
Being able to land at KSC positions FedEx to support the growth of biomedical experiments and clinical trials at the International Space Station (ISS).
As the preferred provider for the Cape Canaveral Spaceport, FedEx is able to provide the latest cut-off times to get Exomedicine materials to the launch site on time and expedite the return shipment, maintaining the integrity of the research every step of the way.
“Identifying FedEx as the preferred logistics provider at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport supports Space Florida’s transition and development of the historic Shuttle Landing Facility to a commercially operated horizontal launch and landing facility,” said Frank DiBello, president and CEO of Space Florida.
“We are confident that having FedEx onsite will enhance the logistical support to launch operators, payload providers, satellite and rocket manufacturers and their supply chains as launch activity increases and Florida’s Space industry continues to grow and diversify.”
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