With an ever-expanding base of diversified commercial/Governmental activities taking advantage of the offerings at KSC, the potential for adding new facilities is also expanding, and 8,000 acres of the 140,000 acre site has been identified as available for future development. Potential projects include capabilities that are complimentary to the existing aerospace activity, as well as those that support emerging markets such as clean energy, environmental research and space tourism.
If you’re a commercial space company looking for a new place on Florida’s Space Coast to call home, NASA may have what you need. As part of Kennedy Space Center’s transformation to a multi-user spaceport, the center intends to make vacant, undeveloped land available to commercial entities. Check out the Notice of Availability at the link below.
The Land Use Map shows current and future land use areas at KSC. The land use areas noted on the map are described below:
- Vertical launch: includes all facilities and land areas directly related to vertical launch operations, including launch pads 39A, 39B and 41, and notional future vertical launch facilities.
- Vertical Landing: indicates areas that could accommodate future vertical landing capability. This capability will promote reusability of space flight hardware and significantly lower the price point for access to space.
- Horizontal Launch and Landing: includes pavements, infrastructure, facilities and land area directly related to horizontal launch and landing operations that are currently associated with the Shuttle Landing Facility. Future potential sites are also shown.
- Launch Operations and Support: includes facilities and associated land areas essential to supporting a mission during launch and flight. These facilities support the following activities: command, control and compilation; evaluation and communication of the data associated with launch vehicle activities. Storage of propellants and munitions is also included in this classification.
- Assembly, Testing and Processing: includes both Government and commercial facilities, operations and land areas that are essential to space vehicle component assembly, integration and processing prior to launch, as well as post-flight servicing and refurbishment activities. This designation includes facilities that house: laboratory support; material support; interface testing for final assembly, test and closeout; payload preparation and testing; space systems and systems components for flight and integration; and commodities.
- Central Campus: includes all land areas and facilities housing non-hazardous NASA operations in support of NASA missions and programs. Ideal land uses for consolidation include: Administration, Research and Development, and non-hazardous Support Services.
- Utilities System: includes land and facilities associated with KSC utilities infrastructure and systems (i.e., water, wastewater, gas, electrical, chilled water, medium temperature hot water, communications and sewer systems).
- Administration: includes facilities supporting operations management and oversight activities.
- Support Services: includes all functions other than administration that provide management and oversight of KSC operations and services provided for overall KSC benefit, including operations and maintenance. Operations and maintenance land uses include supply, storage, facilities maintenance, motor pool, service stations, railroad, reclamation areas, roads and grounds maintenance and sanitary landfill facilities.
- Public Outreach: includes facilities and associated land areas that promote an educational, research or informational connection between the community and KSC. Examples of Public Outreach use include public reception/welcome centers, tour facilities, display and education areas, museums, memorials, launch viewing areas, recreation areas and conference centers.
- Recreation: includes parks, outdoor fitness, athletic fields, recreation buildings, centers and clubs. Examples of recreation land uses include KARS Park North (badged personnel only) and KARS Park South complexes. Coastal beaches and supporting facilities are part of the Cape Canaveral National Seashore and are classified as Operational Buffer/Public Use. Camping, fishing, picnic and related outdoor activity areas associated with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge are also classified as Operational Buffer/Public Use.