The Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. (Credit: NASA)

NASA Still Reviewing Options on Shuttle Landing Facility

Posted by Doug Messier on January 21, 2013, at 6:32 am

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

NASA is still reviewing options on what to do with the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), which has been largely idle since the last space shuttle touched down 18 months ago.

“Regarding your request for the Shuttle Landing Facility, NASA is currently assessing responses to the recently published Request for Information (RFI) seeking to identify entities that may be interested in maintaining and operating this National Asset,” NASA Associate Administrator L. Seth Statler wrote in a Nov. 30 letter to Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. “A decision regarding the disposition of this asset will follow the completion of the RFI response assessment and review of the Space Florida proposal.”

NASA is looking to transform SLF, which has a 15,000-foot long runway, into a public-private partnership that would serve both government and commercial needs. The RFI was intended to gauge interest and identify possible operators prior to the likely release of a request for proposals.

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