Workers inside the Space Station Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center position the orbital replacement unit for the space station’s main bus switching unit as they prepare to pack the unit in a shipping container Dec. 4. The unit, which was processed at Kennedy, will be shipped to Japan for the HTV-4 launch, which currently is scheduled later this month. (Credit: NASA/Charisse Nahser)

Kennedy Space Center Looks Forward to Busy 2013

Posted by Doug Messier on February 3, 2013, at 8:46 am

By Linda Herridge
NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center continues to serve as NASA’s lead center for several programs and offices while transforming into a joint commercial and government launch complex.

“This is an exciting time as we continue to prepare the center for future space exploration programs,” said Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana. “We are making great progress toward a viable commercial spaceflight program and developing a heavy-lift capability that will allow us to once again send humans to explore beyond planet Earth.”

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP), based at Kennedy, is collaborating with the American aerospace industry as it designs and develops U.S. crew transportation capabilities to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station. Throughout the year, CCP will support its three Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) partners, The Boeing Company, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) Space Systems, as they work on fully integrated crew transportation systems, including launch vehicles, spacecraft, and ground and recovery operations.

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