The Boeing Co. and NASA signed a deal to build the aerospace giant's commercial spacecraft in shuttle Discovery's former hangar at Kennedy Space Center this morning.
The deal could lead to up to 550 jobs for the Space Coast.
The state provided a package worth up to $50 million, including incentives and third-party financing, based on the company meeting performance objectives.
"It's more fun to talk about the future than what we've done in the past," said Governor Rick Scott, who came to KSC for the announcement.
Boeing banners, along with mockups of the company's CST-100 capsule, filled the facility, which Boeing will lease to manufacture and test its spacecraft.
"Neither NASA nor the Space Coast can afford to stand still," NASA chief Charles Bolden said in a statement. "We must be aggressive in pursuing this next generation of space exploration - and the jobs and innovation that will accompany it."
Tiers of access platforms still fill the high bay of Orbiter Processing Facility-3, framing the space an orbiter used to fill.
Boeing is developing the seven-person CST-100 capsule under NASA's Commercial Crew Development program, which has awarded the company about $131 million through two rounds.
The program aims to develop commercial systems able to taxi astronauts to and from the International Space Station by late 2016. Four private spacecraft are in development.
About the Image: Boeing's CST-100 capsule at KSC. By Tim Shortt