Developing Partnerships... Launching Dreams
Founded in 2002, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) is a privately-owned commercial space company that designs and manufactures high-tech launch vehicles, such as the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket whose purpose is to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) and support other commercial customers. Since June 2010, Kennedy Space Center (KSC) has partnered with SpaceX, providing access to Center capabilities and facilitating support and services for SpaceX launch activities at Launch Complex-40 located on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In a separate agreement that was implemented in July 2011, SpaceX was given use of a building near the Shuttle Landing Facility as a ground station for its launch vehicle and spacecraft. As of April 14, 2014, KSC and SpaceX officials signed an agreement allowing SpaceX to utilize and further develop Launch Complex 39A (Pad A), the same historic site from which the Apollo 11 spacecraft launched for the first time on July 16, 1969 on its journey to the moon. Pad A was last used for the STS-135 mission, in which the Atlantis shuttle launched to the International Space Station on July 11, 2011 and had since then remained unused. To many, this agreement with SpaceX brings the promise of a continued purpose for the Launch Complex as well as the space program as a whole. SpaceX is working diligently to commence launch demonstration tests and launch operations within the next few years.
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