MEMPHIS, Tenn. (SpaceX PR) —Space Florida today announced that it has named FedEx as its preferred provider of logistics, transportation and cargo related services. Space Florida maintains and operates the historic launch and landing strip—15,000 feet long and 300 feet wide—at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center (KSC).
Video Caption: When a FedEx 757 landed at Kennedy Space Center’s three-mile shuttle runway, it accomplished something no other commercial aircraft has done before. It became the first commercial carrier to land on the strip, marking the start of a new collaboration between FedEx and the space industry.
When I heard last week that FedEx was going to make some incredibly exciting space-related announcement, my imagination went wild. Would the freight carrier announce an agreement with Swiss Space Systems to develop a hypersonic suborbital point to point delivery system capable of getting my package to a destination where it absolutely, positively had to be yesterday? Or maybe a deal with Virgin Galactic would render all of Richard Branson’s New York to Tokyo in under an hour talk into something more than just…well, talk.
Nope, no such luck. If this has seriously depressed you and you don’t want to know more, then move on to another story. If not, read the press release below.