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The City of Huntsville has been known for many things over the course of its history. In the early days, the sleepy little town was primarily known for its cotton production. In later years, Huntsville saw major expansion and became known as Rocket City, USA because of its affiliation with rocket development and testing. Over the years NASA and Huntsville have played a large role in the development of the Saturn booster and manned missions to the moon. Then came Skylab, the Space Shuttle and finally the Space Station orbiting the earth today. These advanced technologies could have not existed without the development and testing by those high tech aerospace companies. Many of those companies are located right here in Huntsville's Cummings Research Park. Cummings Research Park is the second largest research and development location in the US and the fourth largest worldwide. It began in 1961 with land acquisition by Milton Cummings, President of Brown Engineering.In 1962 Milton's successor Joseph Moquin with the support of German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun officially launched Huntsville Research Park. Milton Cummings located Brown Engineering there to become the first company to have its headquarters based in the new Research Park. In 1973 after the passing of Milton Cummings the park changed its name to Cummings Research Park. The park is home to over 300 high technology firms. It employs 26,000 employees and over 12,500 students. The park is made up of Aerospace, Defense, Engineering, Biotech, Advanced Manufacturing, Software Development, Information Technologies and Cyber Security firms. The park has continued to expand over the years and is now approaching 4,000 acres.It is home to some of the brightest minds in the country and is a major contributor to the development and testing of new technologies today and exciting technologies for the future.