Local Airport Authority Wants to Run KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility

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

Florida Today reports that a local airport authority is seeking to run the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility:

The owner of three local general-aviation airports now wants to take over operations of Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility as part of a two-pronged approach to attract more space-related companies to the area.

The Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority tonight will seek Brevard County Commission support in its bid to operate the Shuttle Landing Facility, a 15,000-foot-long runway that opened in 1976. It is asking the County Commission to approve a resolution to indicate that the authority “is the logical choice to be the entity responsible for assisting NASA in repurposing the Shuttle Landing Facility as a multiuser spaceport.”

Kennedy Space Center is seeking applications by Sept. 24 to operate and maintain the landing site and surrounding facilities, and could decide on a governmental or commercial operator by next spring. The new operator could take over as early as October 2013.

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