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Orlando Science Center
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Orlando Science Center

Simulation Industries in Orlando

Think Orlando is all about theme parks and attractions? Think again. The Theme Park Capital of the World also plays a key role in the field of simulation technologies, earning us the title of Modeling, Simulation & Training (MS&T) Capital of the World.

As part of that distinction, we host The National Center for Simulation, as well as the simulation procurement commands for the U.S. Army and Navy. We’re also proud to have a significant presence in the Air Force and Marines. What’s more, over $4 billion in simulation contracts flow through the region annually, with the lion’s share being awarded to local companies and their subcontractors.

Our standing in the field of simulation technologies is spurred in part by our connectivity, starting with five area airports that include Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). With MCO — J.D. Powers & Associates’ No. 1 mega airport in the southeastern U.S. for customer satisfaction — leading the way, Orlando offers more than 175 non-stop flights from destinations all over the world. What’s more, our airlift capabilities are supported by a new commuter rail system, close proximity to major ports (including the world’s only quadramodal port), and strong roadways, with a statewide rail system coming in the near future.

As a result, we boast an impressive lineup of simulation leaders in the areas of defense, MS&T, optics & photonics, cybersecurity, and maintenance, repair and overhaul. They include:

Together, Orlando’s simulation sector encompass more than 230 companies, 26,300 employees, 5,288 annual graduates and $744 million in annual payroll. All of which makes the destination an ideal location for tech- and industrial-focused meetings and conventions of all sizes.

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