More commercial space operations at the Kennedy Space Center mean a bigger demand for skilled workers, according to the center's director.
Bob Cabana spent Thursday morning getting community leaders excited about commercial agencies using KSC as their launch center.
"I think it's critical. This is a partnership," he said. "Given the location, the facilities, and the talented workforce we have, there's no better place to be launching rockets off on planet Earth."
That partnership was instrumental behind Wednesday's test of the Morpehus Lander, which blasted off from a single point at KSC, hovered at about 500 feet in the air, flew sideways and came to a gentle landing.
It will eventually be used to help astronauts land on other worlds.
Cabana says he's especially looking forward to 2017 when U.S. astronauts will launch into space for a tour at the International Space Station.