Developing Partnerships... Launching Dreams
Kennedy Space Center’s historic Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), the site of one of the longest runways in the world, is available for use by external customers. The runway and associated facilities are operated and managed by Space Florida, the state’s aerospace economic development agency, under a 30-year property agreement with NASA.
The goal of this agreement is to maximize opportunities to utilize the runway creatively while maintaining its ability to serve NASA and the center during the ongoing transformation to a multi-user spaceport.
The 15,000-foot runway is set in a secure location providing year-round access to restricted airspace that is well away from populated areas. With an air traffic control tower and all the supporting services and equipment necessary for take-off and landing, the SLF is capable of supporting all types and sizes of aircraft and planned horizontal launch and landing vehicles. It is ideal for horizontal flights, suborbital flight training and research, weightless flights, and aviation and aerodynamic flight testing. Features include:
Horizontal Launch and Landing Area Development Plan
Within the past couple of years, an artificial landscape was built just beyond the north end of the runway where experimental flying machines such as NASA's Morpheus and the Moon Express spacecraft can work out the details of making automated landings on distant worlds such as Mars. Because of the vastness of the SLF, testing can take place on the north end landing area without halting all work on the rest of the runway, particularly the ramp at the south end.
Post Space Shuttle, the runway and the team overseeing it have adapted to a new set of vehicles. Companies taking advantage of the SLF include:
Please click here to see the final signed SLF agreement.
Ready to explore a partnership, or simply need more information? Please submit your inquiry to our KSC Facilitator.
Contact Us: KSC-Partnerships@mail.nasa.gov