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Annual Call for Projects Now Open

Contact: Georganna Gillette

Each year, the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) issues a “Call for Projects” to provide local governments the opportunity to submit projects for consideration into the subsequent year’s Work Program and Transportation Improvement Program. This year, the SCTPO will be accepting transportation project applications from February 9 to April 13, 2015.

Applications are used by the SCTPO to qualify and prioritize proposed transportation-related projects for implementation using federal and state transportation funding. A revised Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Project Information Application must be filled out for all new projects. Applications do not need to be submitted for projects already on the adopted project priority list. Local governments that wish to apply are asked to ensure that the application includes a scope of work, tentative schedule and cost estimate for the requested phase of work. This information is mandatory before FDOT can program projects with available State and Federal funding.

FDOT Project Information Application
Work Program Schedule

The deadline for submittal of all project applications is 5:00 pm on Monday, April 13, 2015.

The SCTPO is accepting applications in the following categories:

  • Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) Roadway Projects
  • Other SIS Modes to include Aviation, Seaports, Spaceport and Rail
  • Regionally Significant Non-SIS Roadway Projects (Capacity, Widening and Multimodal)
  • Transportation System Management and Operations (TSM&O)(ATMS)
  • Intersection Improvements

Statement from Space Florida President Frank DiBello Regarding Orbital Launch Accident on October 28, 2014:

“We regret the loss of the Orbital launch vehicle and payload from Virginia last night, but we continue to have great confidence in the commercial space industry and Orbital’s ability to do what it takes to be a reliable provider of services to government and industry.

We continue to have confidence in the approach that NASA is taking in having multiple providers of goods and services resulting in a robust industry base for the emergence of a strong commercial space sector.

Space Florida remains committed to assisting NASA and launch providers like Orbital, SpaceX, ULA, Blue Origin and others as much as we can to ensure the continued development of the commercial launch industry.

Accidents happen – it is part of the process in proving out new technologies in any sector, and getting into space is hard – but his industry will continue to innovate, learn, excel, and grow, and we look forward to being a strong part of Florida and our nation’s exciting future in space.”

Boeing and SpaceX Win $6.8 Billion in NASA Contracts

NASA has chosen Boeing and SpaceX to build the vehicles that will transport its astronauts to the International Space Station, putting the two American companies on a course to take over a job that NASA has recently relied upon Russia to perform: carrying out manned space flights.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says vehicles from two companies are expected to be ready for service by 2017.

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The Final Frontier: Universal Space Travel

More than three decades after the launch of the first space shuttle mission (and three years after the last one), investment in new human spaceflight systems is back with an intensity the aerospace industry hasn’t seen since the heady days of the Space Race.

In the first half of this year, Elon Musk’s Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX unveiled both an experimental reusable rocket stage and a new crew vehicle for carrying humans into orbit. By the year’s end, NASA will select a new crew vehicle from four commercial options, and its next-generation interplanetary crew vehicle, under development by Lockheed Martin, will begin flight tests.

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First SLS Launch from KSC Could Slip a Year

NASA’s new exploration rocket may not be ready for a first launch from Kennedy Space Center until November 2018, nearly a year later than previously planned, NASA said Wednesday.

The agency had been targeting the uncrewed test flight of the Space Launch System, or SLS, by December 2017, and still hopes to beat the new, slower timeframe established after a more detailed review of technical progress and budgets.

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