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Palmdale Doesn't Make The Cut In The US Space Command Competition

Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs is serving as temporary headquarters of the U.S. Space Command for at least the next six years. (Duncan Wood/U.S. Air Force)
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The new U.S. Space Command will not be based in Palmdale.

The city is not on the list of six finalists released today by the Air Force.

Palmdale was one of dozens of communities across the country to make a pitch to be Space Command's home.

The city felt it had a strong case, given its rich history with air and spacecraft — the space shuttle was built there.

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The Air Force announced six finalists: Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; Patrick Air Force Base, Florida; Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, and Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

The Air Force said it plans on picking the winner early next year.

It’s estimated Space Command will bring some 1,400 jobs and at least $1-$2 billion to the community that becomes its headquarters.


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