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Key Features  
  • Modifications under way to accommodate multiple rockets and spacecraft (video)
  • Small – Large (456 ft H max) vertical rocket integration
  • Able to withstand up to 125 mph winds
  • Floor load capacity of 12 million lbs
  • Cranes located throughout building
  • Handling and storage of hazardous/ nonhazardous commodities
  • 480V, 3-phase power electrical service
  • Equipped with uninterruptible power supply and backup generator power
KSC Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)


4 High Bays
  • 2 High Bays located on East side and 2 High Bays located on West side
  • Total High Bay dimension: 442 ft L x 518 ft W x 525 ft H
  • Individually retractable doors (7 total)
         - 456 ft (139 m) high external opening
  • 2 High Bays open and lead to launch pads (East side)
  • 3 of 4 High Bays capable of handling Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) for vertical stacking/integration
  • Cranes
         - 2 – 250-ton bridge cranes (E-W) with 460 ft hook height
         - 2 – 325-ton bridge cranes (1 between Cells 3-4 and 1 between Cells 1-2) with 462.5 ft hook height
         - 1 – 175-ton bridge crane (length of transfer aisle) with 156 ft hook height
  • Communications
         - Wireless Capability
         - Connectivity to the Launch Control Center (LCC)
Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) diagram


4 Low Bays
  • 274 ft L x 442 ft W x 210 ft H
  • Access to transfer aisle (South end)
  • 8 Work cells
         - Spacecraft engine maintenance utilization
  • 4 Six-story towers
  • 2 - 100,000-class clean work areas
  • Low Bay entrance door 53 ft H



Key Features
  • Accommodates medium to super-heavy class launch vehicles
  • Electrical power, hydraulics and water systems have been overhauled
  • New state-of-the-art communications system
  • New weather instrumentation system
  • Lightning protection system including three 600-foot-tall towers and catenary system
  • Refurbished flame trench and new multi-user flame deflector
  • 300,000-gallon water tower for sound suppression and ignition overpressure
  • 850k gallon LOX and 850k gallon LH2 storage tanks
  • Two new electric elevators
  • New Environmental Control System (ECS) for vehicle/spacecraft cooling
  • Three Shuttle-heritage Mobile Launch Platforms available for modification for commercial use
Physical Assets - Launch Pad


Key Features  
  • 4 separate control rooms that can be operated simultaneously
  • Universal Command & Control
         - Capable of supporting multiple launch vehicle control requirements
  • Emergency operations support (Central Operations Facility)
  • Complex Control Center (CCC)
         - Remote monitoring and control of field equipment of more than 150 systems
             - Oxygen deficiency system
             - HVAC
             - Firex
             - Sound suppression water system
  • Electrical Services
         - 480V, 3-phase power at 60Hz
         - Uninterruptible power supply (3 - 480V and 1 - 120V)
  • 7,500 sq ft of office space
Launch Control Center (LCC) - Aerial view


Firing Room 4 - Launch Control Center (LCC)
Key Features
  • Access to restricted airspace (Class D)
  • Located away from populated areas
  • Single runway
    • 33 (northwest)/15 (southeast)
    • 15,000 feet long and 300 feet wide
    • 1,000 feet overrun on each end
    • High friction concrete with paving thickness of 16 inches at center
    • Grooved runway to provide drainage
  • Air traffic control tower
    • Ground to air communications
    • Built to FAA standards
  • On-site fire and emergency response services
  • Navigational/landing aids
    • Published GPS approaches to runway 33 and 15
    • PAPI system
    • Distance-to-go markers
Space Landing Facility (SLF)


Current/Compatible Uses
  • Horizontal launch and landing
  • Suborbital flight training and research
  • Weightless flights
  • Test-flight aviation
  • Straight-line aerodynamics testing
SLF Horizontal Launch Vehicle


Horizontal Launch and Landing Area Development Plan
  • Prime aerospace/aviation-designated land and some existing facilities available
    for development
  • Supporting both government and commercial spaceflight  
    • Orbital / suborbital
    • Crewed / uncrewed
  • Potential for development of:
    • Multiple hangars with offices and shops
    • Passenger processing/training and operations facility
    • Assembly, processing and manufacturing facility
    • Propellant and fueling facilities
  • Railway access available
SLF Horizontal Launch Vehicle


Key Features
  • Intermediate Bay (I-bay)
         - 338 ft L x 50 ft W
         - Ceiling height 30 ft
         - 100,000-class clean work area
  • High Bay
         - 362 ft L x 105 ft W
         - Ceiling height 61 ft
         - Class I Division 2 area
         - Can be separated into eight different processing areas
         - Reconfigurable footprint to support unique processing requirements
  • 140,000 sq ft of office/work space
  • Cranes
         - I-bay: 2 - 5-ton bridge
         - High Bay: 2 – 30-ton bridge
  • Commodities and Servicing
         - Ammonia servicing
         - GN2 (6,000 psi)
         - GHe (6,000 psi)
         - Compressed air (125 psi)
         - Potable water
  • Electrical Services
         - 480V 3-phase power at 60Hz
         - Uninterruptible power supply (450kVA)
  • 9 independently operated control rooms
  • 15 offline labs, 2 chemical labs, and 2 darkrooms
         - 1 Certified offline lab for planetary protection processing (Class-100 clean work area)
Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF)


Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF) - Internal Layout
Land Assets: May be made available in a use arrangement, such as a lease or space act agreement. KSC Land is categorized as:
  • Disturbed: Land usually in close proximity to existing utilities and other infrastructure that may have had a physical facility recently removed from the property.
  • Undisturbed: Usually managed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that has not been utilized by NASA for operational purposes. This property may or may not have utilities or development access and may require environmental mitigation for use.
Physical Assets - Land