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Fly me to the moon: New space firm expands to Cape Canaveral

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A California-based commercial space company is helping refurbish a couple of old, inactive launch complexes in Cape Canaveral to prepare space missions to the moon.

Moon Express Inc. announced July 12 that it reached an agreement with U.S. Air Force 45th Wing — known as Cape Canaveral Air Force Base — to license the use of launch complexes 17 and 18 for its lunar lander development and flight test operations. Moon Express CEO Bob Richards announced the plan to more than 300 attendees at the National Space Club Florida committee luncheon on the Space Coast.

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One Nation: What does American Innovation mean to you?

One Nation: American Innovation, hosted by FLORIDA TODAY and the USA TODAY NETWORK and presented by Harris Corp, is set for July 13 at Port Canaveral. Features include guest speakers (Adobe’s Mark Randall, Christine Herron of Intel Capital, Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay, to name a few), virtual reality presentations — with goggles, swag, entertainment, food and beer.