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SpaceX takes over KSC pad 39A

James Dean, FLORIDA TODAY6:07 p.m. EDT April 14, 2014

SpaceX today signed a 20-year agreement to take over Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A, the starting point for Apollo moon shots and numerous shuttle missions.

“We’ll make great use of this pad, I promise,” said Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president and chief operating officer, during an announcement at the pad.

SpaceX hopes to launch a Falcon Heavy rocket from KSC in the first quarter of next year.

SpaceX plans to build a processing hangar near the pad and utilize much of the existing infrastructure, Shotwell said.

The pad would launch astronauts if NASA selects SpaceX to fly crews to the International Space Station.

The company is one of several competing for the contracts to be awarded later this year, along with Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corp., which would launch on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rockets.

NASA no longer needs pad 39A, and in December chose SpaceX over Blue Origin to negotiate an agreement to take over responsibility for operating and maintaining the pad.

The deal was signed moments before today’s announcement with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and KSC Director Bob Cabana, both former shuttle astronauts who have launched from pad 39A.

“Pad A has served the human spaceflight program well through Apollo and shuttle,” said Cabana. “It’s going to continue to play a vital role in our nation’s future.”

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SpaceX wants to bring back astronaut launches as early as 2016

First unmanned launch could happen within a year

 UPDATED 6:13 PM EDT Apr 14, 2014


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NO LAUNCH TODAY. SPACE STATION CARGO SHIP WILL REMAIN EARTH BOUND. CREWS SCRUBBING THE LAUNCH. THEY MAY TRY AGAIN FRIDAY BUT THERE’S STILL NEWS FROM THE CAPE. SPACE X THE SAME COMPANY THAT TRIED TO LAUNCH A ROCKET TODAY WANTS TO USE THE FORMER SPACE SHUTTLE PAD TO BRING BACK ASTRONAUT LAUNCHES TO THE SPACE COAST. DAN BILLOW IS AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. DAN, HOW SOON COULD THIS HAPPEN? SPACE X IS PROMISING TO ACT WITH STUNNING SPEED NOW THAT LAUNCH PAD 39-A HAS BEEN HANDED OVER TO THEM WITH ITS FIRST UNMANNED LAUNCH IN LESS THAN A YEAR AND ITS FIRST ASTRONAUT LAUNCHES AS EARLY AS 2016. I’D RATHER BE MAKING HISTORY THAN STUDYING HISTORY. BUT MAKING HISTORY IN A WHOLE NEW AND DIFFERENT WAY AT LAUNCH PAD 39-A WHERE NEIL ARMSTRONG, MIKE COLLINS AND BUZZ ALDREN BLASTED OFF FOR THE MOON. ZERO AND LIFT-OFF. SPACE SHUTTLES LAUNCHED FROM THE SAME PAD. BUT NOW SPACE X, A PRIVATE COMPANY IS TAKING OVER. WE’LL MAKE GREAT USE OF THIS PAD I PROMISE. FIRST SPACE X WANTS TO LAUNCH ITS GIGANTIC ROCKET NEVER BEFORE FLOWN. IT’S THREE FULL SIZED FALCON 9 ROCKETS STRAPPED TOT MAKING IT THE MOST POWERFUL SINCE THE SATURN FIVE. THEN AS EARLY AS 2016 SPACE X WOULD USE THE OLD LAUNCH PAD FOR THE FIRST ASTRONAUT LAUNCHES FROM AMERICAN SOIL SINCE 2011. THE COMPANY WOULD NEED HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS TO DO THAT. ITS PART OF A GRAND PLAN. TO TRANSFORM THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER INTO A 21ST CENTURY LAUNCH COMPLEX. PERHAPS THE MOST STUNNING PART OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS THAT THE TRIPLE SUPER ROCKET WOULD BE READY TO LIFT OFF IN LESS THAN A YEAR. THAT’S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE AND GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO REPEAT THAT. EARLY NEXT YEAR? FOR SURE WITHIN THE FIRST HALF OF NEXT YEAR. [ LAUGHTER ] THAT IS SPACE X’S PRESIDENT GWEN. THE MORE LAUNCHES AT THE SPACE COAST, THE MORE LAUNCH BUSINESS COMES HERE, THE MORE JOBS AND MONEY FOR THE CENTRAL FLORIDA ECONOMY. SPACE X IS MAKING A BIG PROMISE HERE BUT THEY’VE BEEN TURNING DOUBTERS INTO BELIEVERS FOR SOME

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —SpaceX wants to use Launch Pad 39A, the former space shuttle launch pad, to launch astronauts into space by 2016.

First, SpaceX wants to launch its gigantic rocket, the Falcon Heavy, which has never been flown. The rocket — three full-sized Falcon 9 rockets strapped together — is the most powerful since the Saturn V. They hope to launch it within a year.

As early as 2016, SpaceX would use the old launch pad for the first astronaut launches from American soil since 2011.

The company would need hundreds of millions of American tax dollars to do that.

It’s part of a grand plan to transform the Kennedy Space Center into a 21st century launch complex.

 

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