HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Aerospace investment appears poised to blast off in Alabama, as companies such as Blue Origin and Aeroject Rocketdyne plan new jobs and new facilities.

The firms are expanding because Huntsville-based government space programs could soon have billions of new dollars to spend for defense and telecommunications, Al.com reported.

Blue Origin and Aerojet Rocketdyne are tapping into Huntsville’s main technology market: national defense.

It includes an array of initiatives such as communications satellites, possibly armed satellites, and even satellite clusters that may one day become home to the internet, the news site reported.

“The idea is the internet being based in space instead of here and based on fiber optics as it is today,” United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno said in Huntsville recently. “It’s a new mission, and we’re all pretty excited about it.”

President Donald Trump has spoken of a new Space Force branch of the armed services to defend American assets in space.

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