International Space Station

Florida's space industry thrived under Trump. What does Biden have planned?

The SpaceX Dragon vessel that splashed down near Tampa Bay on Wednesday marked the first time an unmanned ship carrying cargo from the International Space Station landed in the Gulf of Mexico.

It’s the latest — and perhaps final — historic breakthrough achieved by America’s space program under President Donald Trump as he turns over the country’s galactic aspirations to a new commander in chief, Democrat Joe Biden.

Enthusiasm for space exploration has reached levels not seen since the Apollo missions — but Biden also will quickly confront the challenges of a growing military presence by the United States and foreign adversaries from the sky.

Blue Origin, the private rocket company started by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has planned $1 billion of investments in Brevard County, including a $52 million, 180,000-square-foot manufacturing plant.

Within the next decade, that could include mining on asteroids for rare metals, an area of great potential but one that could generate friction between countries and commercial enterprises without international cooperation, Nelson said.

Waltz, who sits on both the House Armed Services and Science, Space, and Technology committees, said Russia and China have swiftly expanded capabilities to attack from above and America risks falling behind if it doesn’t match them.

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