Shuttle Facility For Rent?


Psst, buddy; want to borrow NASA’s shuttle landing facility? Get in line — the agency says it is considering adopting a policy and developing the plans and procedures appropriate to allow access to and use of the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at John F. Kennedy Space Center by other government agencies and their contractors, university research and technology programs, and commercial users. NASA wants to know if uses such as research and technology demonstration flights, flights supporting microgravity experiments and commercial space flight research would be of interest. Of course, what the large print giveth, the small print taketh away: NASA says that it’s not interested in proposals involving corporate aircraft flights, commercial charter flights, general aviation uses and ordnance testing, among others. And, of course, shuttle operations would have priority at all times. The announcement dryly notes, “NASA has not determined pricing for cost recovery, including appropriate charges to apply to SLF operations and maintenance services.”