SpaceX plans a big expansion at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, including a control center and a new hangar.
The plans also call for a large processing facility for rockets, and something called a “rocket garden,” for displaying old space vehicles.
“As SpaceX’s launch cadence and manifest for missions from Florida continues to grow, we are seeking to expand our capabilities and streamline operations to launch, land and re-fly our Falcon family of rockets,” SpaceX spokesman James Gleeson said in a statement issued to the newspaper, which is published near the Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s mid-Atlantic coast.
The company, controlled by Elon Musk, hasn’t provided a timeline for finishing the upgrades, or said how much it would cost.
BREAKING: SpaceX planning major expansion at KSC with new hangar for booster and fairing storage/refurbishment, launch and landing control center tower, and rocket garden: https://t.co/Fb0EfrdCVp pic.twitter.com/jAmf52RP83
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You can read the draft environmental review here.
The proposal calls for the new building to take place on a 67-acre tract of land.
The plan meshes with NASA’s hopes for using the space center for private launches with the government having ended the shuttle program in 2011.