BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - On Friday Boeing announced it is expanding its secret space plane project to Florida's Space Coast.
Boeing won't even tell us exactly how many jobs will be created.
In Dec. 2012 the unmanned mini-shuttle launched on an Atlas rocket for what was described as a top secret mission.
There is a recent news report indicating that it still hasn't landed, but officials would not confirm that
Now officials have said those shuttles will take off and land at the Kennedy Space Center.
Channel 9's Kathi Belich emailed Boeing officials to ask how many jobs might be created by the program and how much those jobs might pay. Officials said it is a "proprietary program" and that the information cannot be released.
U.S. Sen. Bill
"How many jobs? I expect when they make the announcement it will be several hundred," Nelson said.
Since the Pentagon took over the X-37B program after the shuttle program ended there has been speculation that the space drone is doing military surveillance or bombing missions or even disrupting satellites.
The program is expected to bring down the unemployment rate in Brevard County.
At the height of the space shuttle program the Kennedy Space center employed 15,000 workers.
When the shuttle program ended the work force was cut to 7,500.
Nelson said the deal with Boeing will lead to more expansion and employment.
"It's now up close to 8,500 and it will climb at KSC up to around 10,000 and stabilize," Nelson said.