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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Kennedy Space Center looking to lease or sale launch facilities prior to end of 2013

Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building with Apollo Saturn V
Commercial space launch firms are being placed on notice that the NASA Kennedy Space Center is holding a going-out-of-business sale for the facilities used by its old and now defunct space-shuttle program in Florida. The space shuttle fleet is located at museums around the country.
 
Shuttle landing runway in Florida
NASA is advertizing a long list of Kennedy Space Center facilities and equipment as available for use, lease or, in some cases, outright purchase by the right business. Among them: Launch Pad 39A, where shuttles were launched; space in the Vehicle Assembly Building, the iconic 526-foot-tall structure first used to assemble Saturn V-Apollo rockets; the Orbiter Processing Facilities, essentially huge garages where the shuttles were maintained; Hangar N and its high-tech test equipment; the launch-control center; and various other buildings and chunks of undeveloped property; and the 15,000-foot shuttle landing strip — the world's longest runway.
 
KSC Launch Pad 39-A
A lot of the stuff needs to be transferred by the end of 2013, when federal maintenance money will run out. When it does, machinery will start to rust, and buildings will deteriorate in the harsh coastal-marsh environment of Cape Canaveral.
 
So, firms interested in the various facilities may arrange to make a private bid now.

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