LC-39A major part of NASA’s ‘Master Plan’ for Kennedy Space Center
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Mic Woltman of NASA’s Launch Vehicle Services Engineering revealed on Monday, April 13, at a press briefing outside Launch Complex 39A that a number of additional launch pads are being considered as part of NASA’s “KSC Master Plan”. The earlier Master Plan, which dates back to 1967, identified two launch pads designated as C and D, to be located North of Pad B. Because of the proximity to Pad B, Pads C and D will be combined into a single major vertical launch pad.
Another major launch pad is also being considered for the area between Pad A to the north, and Pad 41 located on the property of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
A third, smaller launch site is being considered as an adjunct to Pad B, presumably one that would utilize some of Pad B’s support facilities.
Said Woltman, “The properties that we are evaluating are part of the Master Plan.” That document can be found here: Master Plan
In answer to a separate question, Woltman confirmed, “We are working with the state of Florida on an environmental impact study” for a potential launch pad to be located in the Shiloh area some miles north of Pad B. The state of Florida is reportedly interested in purchasing this parcel for the construction of a launch pad to be operated by the state, not NASA.
Jim Siegel comes from a business and engineering background, as well as a journalistic one. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and executive certificates from Northwestern University and Duke University. Jim got interested in journalism in 2002. As a resident of Celebration, FL, Disney’s planned community outside Orlando, he has written and performed photography extensively for the Celebration Independent and the Celebration News. He has also written for the Detroit News, the Indianapolis Star, and the Northwest Indiana Times (where he started his newspaper career at age 11 as a paperboy). Jim is well known around Celebration for his photography, and he recently published a book of his favorite Celebration scenes. Jim has covered the Kennedy Space Center since 2006. His experience has brought a unique perspective to his coverage of first, the space shuttle Program, and now the post-shuttle era, as US space exploration accelerates its dependence on commercial companies. He specializes in converting the often highly technical aspects of the space program into contexts that can be understood and appreciated by average Americans.