"Space Volusia is seeking to assist private sector launches and get Florida back into the $280 billion commercial space market. In the 1980s, Florida was the leader in commercial satellite launches, but we’ve lost that market to the Europeans, the Russians, the Chinese, the Brazilians, and Indians who are getting into the market. Commercial space launches are an emerging market and spaceports have been or are becoming established in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Georgia and other states. Why? Because they see the potential for new businesses and jobs."