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2015-Dec-03, 03:00 PM
Space Daily's headlines says "Kennedy now firmly established as a 21st Century Spaceport". Do you agree?

There are two more spaceports being built that might rival it. One is Russian and the other Chinese. How will they develop?

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Kennedy_now_firmly_established_as_a_21st_Century_S paceport_999.html

On Thursday, Dec. 3, NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida will team with industry partners to launch science and supplies to the International Space Station. The event is one more example of how the goal of establishing Kennedy as a 21st century, multi-user spaceport for both government and commercial customers has been achieved.

As part of NASA's Commercial Resupply Services Program, the Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-4 spacecraft will launch atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. The capsule, which was processed in the Space Station Processing Facility, will deliver more than 7,000 pounds of equipment and research materials that ultimately can lead to improved life on Earth and drive progress toward future space exploration.

The space station resupply mission comes just a year after the first flight of NASA's new Orion spacecraft when it became the first human-rated vehicle to leave low-Earth orbit in 42 years. Launched Dec. 5, 2014, on a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket, Orion soared 3,604 miles above Earth.

The flawless flight test was a first step in the agency's plans to send humans on the journey to Mars. It also demonstrated that through Kennedy's leadership, the center's workforce accomplished the considerable task of reinventing their approach to operating the world's leading spaceport.

2017-Mar-15, 01:15 PM
Since I started this thread over a year ago, NASA's Kennedy Space Center has taken off. In the next 10 days, the east cost of the USA will get a feel of what it was like to and era that is only a vague memory to the golden oldies and the rest could only relate to it through books and videos. There hopefully will be 4 launches in that period of time :clap:

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Kennedys_Multi_User_Spaceport_Streamlines_Commerci al_Launches_999.html

In the past, launch pads were used almost exclusively for government missions. To support a growing private sector space economy, NASA's Kennedy Space Center has transformed to a multi-user spaceport capable of handling the needs of a variety of companies from launch processing through recovery.

NASA, the FAA, and Air Force Space Command provide diverse launch operations, government and commercial, enabled by the Commercial Space Launch Act. These agencies are working together to simplify the steps to certify commercial launches from Kennedy Space Center's multi-user spaceport.

"We want to drive innovation in the launch and space exploration fields, and that innovation can be balanced on the private side with adjustments on our end," said Janet Petro, deputy director of Kennedy Space Center "That's why we are taking this opportunity to examine all of the government requirements and eliminate those that are not necessary. We will maintain safety, but if there are requirements that are unnecessary, then no one benefits."