NASA is considering whether to set aside about 200 acres of land at Kennedy Space Center land for private companies to construct their own launch pads.
“We at NASA are in the launch business here at Kennedy, so it makes sense,” said NASA Public Affairs spokesman Allard Beutel.
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Florida Today has also weighed in on the effort. In an editorial, the newspaper called it “an imaginative idea that deserves serious consideration” and “a promising sign that NASA is willing to think outside the box.” However, the editors also called the proposal a “long shot,” doubting whether the State of Florida and/or a private company would be willing to pay the $504 million to $590 million for construction.