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NASA SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH SPACEX FOR USE OF KENNEDY SPACE CENTER LAUNCH PAD
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Source: SpaceX

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site.

NASA signed a property agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., on Monday for use and occupancy of the seaside complex along Florida's central east coast. It will serve as a platform for SpaceX to support their commercial launch activities.

Under a 20-year agreement, SpaceX will operate and maintain the facility at its own expense.

The reuse of pad 39A is part of NASA's work to renovate the Kennedy Space Center into a launch complex capable of supporting both government and commercial users. At the same time, NASA and Lockheed Martin are assembling the agency's first Orion spacecraft in the Operations and Checkout building while preparing Kennedy's infrastructure for the Space Launch System rocket, which will lift off from the center's Launch Complex 39B and send American astronauts into deep space, including to an asteroid and eventually Mars.

SpaceX will operate its Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Kennedy Space Center. It may also launch the larger Falcon Heavy from the launch complex. SpaceX launch vehicles continue to appeal to the industry with their competitive price, and the company continues to rack up contracts and a large launch backlog.

Falcon launch vehicles will be delivered in steadily increasing numbers throughout the forecast period, as the Falcon-9's competitive price will continue to generate customers for the Falcon-9. Forecast International also expects the Falcon Heavy to be produced in steady numbers.

Source:  NASA
Associated URL: http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/april/nasa-signs-agreement-with-spacex-for-use-of
Source Date: April 23, 2014
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 04/24/2014
 


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