The future of the Space Coast looked bleak when NASA's Space Shuttle program ended in 2011, but times are changing. Driven by newly-found commercial opportunities in space, dozens of private launch companies and startups have sprung up along Cape Canaveral, bringing new life to the area and the space industry as a whole.
Nearly five months after Hurricane Michael ravaged Mexico Beach, economic setbacks have made recovery increasingly difficult for residents trying to rebuild their lives. The National Weather Service estimates over $30 billion in losses in just the Sunshine State. Debris removal alone has cost the town with a nearly $4 million budget over $50 million so far, but one company’s vision may be step one in restoring paradise along the Panhandle.