NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Operations at Launch Pad 39A

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May 17, 2013

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Rachel Kraft
Headquarters, Washington

RELEASE: 13-146


WASHINGTON -- NASA released a synopsis Friday announcing plans to 
issue an announcement for proposals for the commercial use of Launch 
Pad 39A at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 
announcement is expected next week.

Use of the launch pad by industry is designed to encourage commercial 
space activities along Florida's Space Coast and fully use the 
historic launch complex.

Launch Pad 39A originally was designed to support NASA's Apollo 
Program and later was modified to launch space shuttles. Today, the 
agency is modernizing nearby Launch Pad 39B to support government and 
commercial launches, including NASA's heavy-lift Space Launch System 
(SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft, which will provide an entirely new 
capability for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit.

"We remain committed to right-sizing our portfolio by reducing the 
number of facilities that are underused, duplicative, or not required 
to support the Space Launch System and Orion," said Kennedy Center 
Director Bob Cabana. "Launch Complex 39A is not required to support 
our asteroid retrieval mission or our eventual missions to Mars. But 
it's in the agency's and our nation's best interest in meeting our 
commitment and direction to enable commercial space operations and 
allow the aerospace industry to operate and maintain the pad and 
related facilities."

Assessments conducted by NASA show Launch Pad 39A could serve as a 
platform for a commercial space company's launch activities if the 
company assumes financial and technical responsibility of the 
complex's operations and management. Commercial use of the pad would 
further support NASA's goal to encourage the commercial use of 
property the agency does not need for the foreseeable future.

Kennedy is positioning itself for the next era of space exploration, 
transitioning to a 21st century launch facility with multiple users, 
both private and government. A dynamic infrastructure is taking 
shape, designed to host many kinds of spacecraft and rockets capable 
of sending people on America's next adventures in space.

To view the full announcement, visit Kennedy Space Center's Business 
Opportunities page:

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