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Kennedy Space Center Spaceport Development Update. COMSTAC Launch Operations Support Working Group May 17, 2007 Jim Ball Spaceport Development Manager NASA Kennedy Space Center. KSC Spaceport Development Update Summary.

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Kennedy Space Center

Spaceport Development

Update

COMSTAC

Launch Operations Support

Working Group

May 17, 2007

Jim Ball

Spaceport Development Manager

NASA Kennedy Space Center

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KSC Spaceport Development

Update Summary

  • Continuing Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) Expanded Access Demonstration Program
  • Completing Environmental Assessment for SLF
    • Expanded Uses
  • Supporting Commercial Orbital Transportation Services
  • Implementing cooperative agreement with Space Florida
    • to help facilitate improved spaceport infrastructure and access
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SLF Expanded Access Demonstration Program

  • Initiated in July 2005
  • To date, hosted seven
  • diverse pathfinder projects
  • Proven compatibility of uses with NASA’s mission and requirements
  • Demonstrating operating
  • concepts and parameters
  • applicable to future uses,
  • e.g. suborbital spaceflight
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Starfighters F-104 Suborbital

Pathfinder Project

  • Simulating suborbital flight
  • trajectories and operating
  • concepts
  • Initial test flights provided
  • sonic boom data for EA
  • Testing of Autonomous
    • Flight Safety System &
    • other instruments planned
  • Other proof-of-concept
  • tests are in planning stage
  • with NASA and FAA
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SLF Expanded Use

Environmental Assessment

  • Initiated in October 2006
  • Draft is in final preparation
  • Addresses expanded uses
  • envisioned from 2008-2015
  • - Spaceflight Development/Ops
  • - Spaceflight Program &
  • Mission Support Aviation
  • - Aviation Test Operations
  • - Airborne R&D
  • - Other test applications
  • Anticipate final draft by end of
  • July
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Interagency Agreement Between

NASA and Space Florida

  • Agreement recently signed to facilitate cooperative
    • planning for improved spaceport infrastructure and access
  • Facilitates joint planning and pre-development activities
  • to:
  • - Renew and upgrade existing infrastructure and
  • technologies at NASA-KSC
  • - Improve access to and utility of spaceport infrastructure
  • and capabilities by commercial space services
  • providers
  • - Foster a robust spaceport hosting diverse
  • but compatible uses supporting civil space
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“Space – Here I come.”

Professor Stephen Hawking

April 26, 2007 at KSC SLF

following Zero Gravity flight

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