Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

NASA Publishes SpaceX’s Futuristic Proposal For Kennedy Space Center

NASA Publishes SpaceX’s Futuristic Proposal For Kennedy Space Center

Florida Today also noted that there was no specific timeline or budget given for the completion of what SpaceX is calling its "Operations Area".

"As SpaceX's launch cadence and manifest for missions from Florida continues to grow, we are seeking to expand our capabilities and streamline operations to launch, land and re-fly our Falcon family of rockets", SpaceX representative James Gleeson told Business Insider in an email.

SpaceX and NASA are getting serious.

Over the course of 2018, the company has planned 30 launches, which in itself is a record for any single country, let alone a single company.

SpaceX has asked for a 67-acre patch of land to help facilitate their ambitious launch plans of of over 64 launches per year.

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The tower, which according to an artist rendering looked like something out the cartoon "The Jetsons", will include a data center; firing room; engineering room; control center for Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon vehicles; customer control center; and meeting spaces, Florida Today wrote. "SpaceX in its pursuit of a complete local, efficient, and reusable launch vehicle program", the document said.

In more news regarding SpaceX, The Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which will be used to explore Mars - a goal that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hopes to accomplish by 2022 - will be built in the Port of Los Angeles.

SpaceX wants to build a 133,000-square-foot Falcon hangar to process the used boosters and other rocket materials that it recovers. By obtaining the space and the green light to build, the proposal says, SpaceX will have the facilities it needs to build, repair, and launch more rockets each year. The Block 5 boosters of the 2 Falcon Heavy, just like all the Block 5 renditions of the Falcon, is expected to carry out many launches before it retires.

Within this campus, there will also be what the company calls a "Rocket Garden" where display pieces of what SpaceX considers historic will be on display.

According to Sen. Bill Nelson, a NASA bill passed by Congress in 2017 allows commercial space companies, such as SpaceX, the opportunity to expand its activities on NASA property. The California facility will build Big Falcon Rockets, which are created to be completely reusable and send 100 people and 150 tons of cargo to Mars.

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