Aerojet-Dade Rocket Fabrication and Development Facility

The rocket motor as it arrived into Homestead, 1965. In 1957, Sputnik was launched, being the first human-made object to orbit the Earth; an event that sparked a space race of who can get to the moon first, between the United States and the Soviet Union. In 1963, the U.S. Air Force gave Aerojet General, a major rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer, $3 million to start construction of a manufacturing and testing site in Homestead. Aerojet acquired land for the plant, less... Read More