Florida’s Space Coast Named “Turnaround of the Year” by SpaceNews

  • Space Coast, FL (December 3, 2018) – Florida’s Space Coast has been selected Turnaround of the Year for the 2018 Awards for Excellence & Innovation by SpaceNews. The Awards, which were established to honor individuals and organizations making a significant impact in the space industry, were announced Monday, December 3 at the Washington Space Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C.
  • Brevard’s economic turnaround remains one of the largest in the state. The Space Coast unemployment rate in November 2010 reached a high of 11.8%, today, it is only at 3%. Additionally, Brevard’s spaceport remains the most active orbital launch site in the world with 19 successful launches in 2017. The Space Coast could see as many as 48 launches per year by 2021, with projections of many more than that in the future. Together, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC), Space Florida, NASA, the Air Force and industry, along with many community partners, have redefined, refocused and reimagined Brevard’s role in the next era of space history.

    Florida’s Space Coast was selected the winner for this category of the SpaceNews Awards for Excellence & Innovation following an open nomination, reader poll, and the deliberations of a panel of SpaceNews editors and contributors.

    The winners of this year’s awards will be profiled in the December 3, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine.


Florida's once-struggling Space Coast booms from aerospace, defense firms

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The economy of Florida's Space Coast is getting a boost from space and defense companies that are bringing back high-paying tech jobs to an area hit hard by the 2008 recession and the 2011 retirement of NASA's space shuttle program.
  • Hundreds of people came out to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on Thursday to watch SpaceX launch a Es'hail-2 satellite rocket into space. The crowd consisted of tourists from around the United States and other countries sitting in metal bleachers surrounding a grassy area with dozens of field-tripping school kids in bright, neon-colored t-shirts waiting for the rocket to launch.

    The SpaceX launch went off without a hitch, and the crowd's attention focused on the giant trail of smoke in the Cape Canaveral sky. Moments later, after the rocket disappeared into the clouds, the crowd's attention turned to a large screen set-up next to the bleachers that showed a live camera feed from the rocket as it entered geostationary transfer orbit.

    "It's an opportunity for the kids to see the wonders of space and science and endless possibilities," said Natalie Griffin, a parent-chaperon for one of the elementary schools on field trip that day.


Preparing for Launch

  • With Launch Now, Red Canyon Software is revitalizing a historic downtown, attracting talent to the region and positioning Titusville to become the Silicon Valley of Space 2.0.

Some companies engage in fascinating and far-reaching endeavors. Such is the case with Red Canyon Software, Inc. an aerospace engineering and software company based in Denver, Co. The company, founded in 2000, develops cutting-edge technology and space flight software to help humankind explore space and other planets, as well as search for advanced renewable resources on Earth. It has been intricately involved with important missions ranging from searching for water on Mars, to analyzing the composition of distant comets and building the next human spacecraft.

Red Canyon clients include government agencies such as NASA, JPL, DOD, NOAA and NREL, as well as major contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, Millennium Engineering & Integration, KBRwyle and a.i. solutions. With so many clients and engineers located in the Space Coast, the company has announced plans to open its first regional office in historic downtown Titusville. The plans encompass much more than that, however, as Red Canyon plans to create a unique, welcoming community for the next phase of aerospace research, commercial space flight and NASA’s mission to get humans to Mars.

Titusville landmark will flip into urban hub for software company

  • A software company will soon renovate this 1920s-era building, but what's inside right now? Take a peek.

It's been a mystery for years — what's in the upper levels of the old Walker Hotel in downtown Titusville?

"From the parking lot it looks like storage to me," said Allison Violette, a lifelong resident of Titusville. 

The near century-old building is a landmark in downtown, housing a handful of businesses on its ground floor. But despite it's bustling lower level, a certain secrecy looms above.

So what's up there exactly? Not much right now, but that will all change in the months to come, as  Denver-based Red Canyon Software looks to flip the old building into a center for innovation. They're hoping it will eventually help turn Titusville into a "Silicon Valley 2.0." 

With plans to completely rejuvenate the 1920s-era building, Red Canyon founders Barry and Laura Hamilton will turn the dilapidated second and third floors into 20 to 24 "boutique-style" apartments alongside a "collaborative work space." The team will also renovate the club room and rear balcony, and the entryway will be restored to its "original historic magnificence," according to the project's website. 


Launch Now Start Up Event

Red Canyon Software has been hard at work preparing for the Grand Opening of our first regional office in Titusville, FL this week! In addition to the regional office, the Launch Now project plans include 20-24 new apartments, new jobs in the area, and economic growth in Titusville!

Developers Barry Hamilton & Laura Hamilton, with real estate broker Holly Carver

Red Canyon Software, Inc., to Bring Jobs and More to Brevard

Red Canyon Software, Inc., an aerospace engineering and software company based in Denver, CO, has announced plans to open its first regional office in Historic Downtown Titusville. The company will spearhead a rejuvenation project for the historic Walker Bank and Apartment building, located at 300 S. Washington Avenue, Titusville.

Revitalization plans include 20-24 boutique-style apartments, which will provide housing for the company’s employees, as well as a collaborative workspace for the development of new software and other technologies for the aerospace industry.

Red Canyon plans to create 20 jobs with an average annual wage of $55,000, to support their recent contract wins. The combination of their revitalization efforts, job creation initiatives, and unique talent attraction approach, has been dubbed the Launch Now project.

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