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In this issue:

Rocket City, Alabama: Space history and an eye on the future
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The birthplace of NASA's rockets lies in the land of cotton, hundreds of miles from Cape Canaveral's launch pads.

From the first U.S. satellites and astronauts, to the Apollo moon shots, to the space shuttles and now NASA's still-in-development Space Launch System, rocket history inundates Huntsville, Alabama.

Huntsville's nickname, Rocket City, is thanks largely to Wernher von Braun and his team of fellow German-born rocketeers who settled here in the 1950s. The city has long been home to the Army's Redstone Arsenal and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. But now it's attracting new generations of engineers, scientists and techies. Tourists come for the history. Kids and adults come to learn at Space Camp.


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Work on new $75M manufacturing facility in Alabama gets underway
By Staff
A project to build a new manufacturing facility in Mobile County is now underway.
Continental Motors Group Ltd. has broken ground on a nearly 275,000-square-foot engine and parts manufacturing facility at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile. 

The factory will include new equipment and an area dedicated to new manufacturing techniques and processes such as additive manufacturing and automation.

 The $75 million investment will also include new customer and technology development infrastructure.


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