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Posted on: August 9, 2017

Cocoa Approves Zoning Amendment to Attract New Business Opportunities in the Space Industry


Tuesday, Cocoa City Council approved Ordinance 10-2017, amending the Manufacturing and Industrial District (M2) to provide for outdoor propulsion testing facilities as a Special Exception use. This request for amendment came from Coastal Steel Manufacturing LLC, in support of Rocket Crafters, Inc. to engage in static test firings of its hybrid rocket engine technology at the site owned by Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC in the Grissom Industrial and Business District.

A strategic partnership was formed between Rocket Crafters, Inc. and Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC, which provides manufacturing support on the project, necessary to conduct the test fires on this revolutionary new hybrid rocket engine on the property adjacent to the Coastal Steel Manufacturing’s primary facility.

Rocket Crafters, Inc. has developed a large-scale hybrid rocket engine that will change the way we access space by making it safe, reliable and affordable, facilitating the expansion and growth of space commerce. They were recently awarded the DARPA research contract to design, develop and test their design, which can be throttled and restarted, unlike a solid rocket, and is less costly and faster to develop compared to liquid rocket engines due to their mechanical simplicity.  “Our partnership with Coastal Steel Manufacturing is another important step in becoming a primary launch services provider,” said Sean Mirsky, Rocket Crafters Board of Directors Member and Finance Committee Chair. 

Cocoa business, Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC specializes in rapid response manufacturing, fabrication and field services to a wide range of space, aerospace, and defense clients across the globe. “Coastal Steel Manufacturing LLC and Coastal Steel Inc are extremely pleased with the level of support provided by the City of Cocoa in the successful initiative to bring Rocket Crafters, Inc. and the associated manufacturing opportunities to our community,” said Dale Coxwell, President of Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC.

The amended ordinance would add outdoor propulsion testing facilities to the zoning district as a Special Exception use, which would allow for the outdoor testing of propulsion systems, such as aircraft engines and propulsion systems and guided missile and space vehicle propulsion systems, under certain limited conditions which would not be injurious to surrounding land uses. By the addition of the proposed use by special exception approval, the City would be able to recruit businesses looking to locate on Florida’s Space Coast and would be compatible with Brevard County’s historical role in the space industry. This is consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan to create a wide range of profitable business opportunities and jobs in the community.

“I am excited to see the progressive thinking from our business community and the efforts taken to create our own economy. The flexibility from staff and Council to diversify the business opportunities and grow the job base within our community is paramount to our success. This is a real step forward for Cocoa as the Space Coast continues to thrive,” said Cocoa Mayor Henry Parrish.

For more information on Rocket Crafters, Inc., please visit their website at and follow on Twitter @Rocket_Crafters and on Facebook @RocketCraftersInc .

 For more information on Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC, please visit their Facebook page @CoastalSteelmfg.

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