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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex ‘Then & Now’ tour postponed for security concerns

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Tours to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – as part of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's Then and Now tour – have been placed on temporary hold. Photo Credit: Carleton Bailie / SpaceFlight Insider

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s “Then and Now” tour have been temporarily suspended due to the heightened national Force Protection Condition (FPCON ) Bravo threat level. This has been described as a temporary issue, one which should see the tours return as soon as the threat level diminishes.

This tour normally ferries guests from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to the historic sites located at the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Visitor Complex is managed for NASA by Delaware North Companies.

The threat conditions affect all military bases and were elevated due to threats issued by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, an Islamist terrorist organization more commonly known as “ISIS”, against U.S. military institutions.

WFTV Channel 9 has stated that there were not any direct threats that had been reported and that there is no set date when the tours might resume.

Space Coast Daily has described Force Protection Condition Bravo as being required when an increased and more predictable threat of terrorist activity exists.

ISIS has been directly responsible for the mass murders of civilians as well as military personnel. These include numerous beheadings and mass shootings.



Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology,, The Mars Society and Universe Today.

Reader Comments

Similar cancellations of the Presidential and Experimental hangars have happened at the USAF Museum in Dayton Ohio. It’s a shame that the public can’t have access to these sorts of tours due to Force Protection Condition (FPCON) Bravo threat level.

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