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SpaceX CEO: Florida needs more aerospace talent

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Jul 15, 2005 1:48 am
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BY Wayne T. Prize Florida Today, – Internet entrepreneur — and now rocket builder — Elon Musk said Florida needs more aerospace engineers and technicians to maintain a viable future in commercial space ventures.

Aside from attracting workers to Florida to ensure a qualified labor pool, Musk also mentioned strengthening research-and-development programs at the state’s universities. Also, those universities need systems in place where researchers can better benefit financially from patents and licensing agreements, much like at Stanford University.

Stanford largely was responsible for the emergence of Silicon Valley and aiding the creators of Netscape and Google. The entrepreneurs of those Internet innovations became wealthy, but not Stanford, where the technology was developed.

“They actually don’t seek ownership of it,” Musk said of Stanford, but those entrepreneurs make sizable contributions to the university.

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