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NASA Signs Agreement with Space Florida to Operate Historic Landing Facility
On June 22, 2015, NASA signed a 30-year property agreement with Space Florida authorizing the agency to operate and manage Kennedy Space Center’s historic Shuttle Landing Facility, which features one of the longest runways in the world. Space Florida is the aerospace economic development agency for the state of Florida.
“Following the final space shuttle landing in 2011, the site has transformed into a multi-user facility supporting a variety of commercial and government partners,” said Bob Cabana, director, Kennedy Space Center. “We look forward to partnering with Space Florida to expand upon the multi-use of this historical asset.”
“This marks the dawn of a new era for horizontal spaceflight in Florida and the country as a whole, said Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello. “The most storied runway in the world will now become the cornerstone of Florida’s next generation commercial spaceport.”
Private companies frequently request time on the Shuttle Landing Facility and that demand is expected to increase in the future as businesses that were commercial startups evolve into mature enterprises. The new arrangement with Space Florida is expected to maximize the opportunities to utilize the runway creatively while maintaining its ability to serve NASA and the center, which has transformed to a multi-user spaceport.
Built in 1974 for space shuttles returning to Kennedy, the facility opened for flights in 1976. The concrete runway is 15,000 feet long and 300 feet wide and is capable of supporting all types and sizes of aircraft and horizontal launch and landing vehicles.
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