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LC-39A major part of NASA’s ‘Master Plan’ for Kennedy Space Center

NASA's Mic Woltman discusses KSC Master Plan near LC-39A

With the re-vamped Launch Pad 39A in the background, Mic Woltman of NASA's Launch Vehicle Services (right) discusses NASA's future Master Plan with other KSC officials. Photo Credit: Jim Siegel / SpaceFlight Insider

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.

Kennedy Space Center grounds with Pad 39A

From Launch Pad 39B looking south, the KSC vista is characterized by green foliage dotted with small lakes. Pad 39A can be seen off in the distance at left. Click to view larger. Photo Credit: Jim Siegel / SpaceFlight Insider


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.


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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.

Reader Comments

I keep hearing; KSC is wanting to do this and that, but it seems to be all talk and no action. I’ve ben hearing about the Shiloh thing for years and still, all talk and no action. It seems the environmental study is the road block to everything. Right now, more jobs and getting the US back to flying our own astronauts should be the priority.

No doubt Jesse ! !
I too believe the environmental movement is all about shutting down Jobs for the space coast. Many company’s have tried to come and set up shop at Kennedy, and NASA puts up so many road blocks, they eventually give up and go elsewhere. There are still many more corporations who are trying but have been given the runaround by NASA and the USAF. So what is Bill Nelson and Gov. Scott doing about it besides blowing hot air. They say they’re all about jobs, I hear a lot of talk, but no action.

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