NASA Places Historic Launch Site For SpaceX

Posted: Apr 17 2014, 1:14pm CDT | by , in Technology News


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NASA Places Historic Launch Site for SpaceX

NASA has placed its Apollo-period launch site under a wholly novel administration. The staff of SpaceX will be responsible for handling the ins and outs of the launch pad.

At the famous Cape Canaveral in Florida, one of NASA’s major launch structures is going to come under the rubric of a different breed of managers. The Launch Complex 39A which is located at the Kennedy Space Center (named after one of the greatest presidents of the United States) is to begin operations under the aegis of SpaceX.

This stands for Space Exploration Technologies. It is a mega-corporation whose boss is none other than silicon valley-dissing Elon Musk. This site is the selfsame place from where the first journey to put a man on the moon occurred way back in 1969. What a year that was…the hippies, flower power and the new age movement all came to an apogee at that moment in time. Now, that site will be employed to launch spacecrafts and rockets to go beyond the earth into space.

In fact, the major purpose for which the site will be used is as a launch pad for commercial flights. This was announced by the new management which has overtaken the original impetus for space exploration. They have a new agenda for the space race which is radically different from the one espoused by NASA.

The fact that for the next two decades NASA will lend this place to SpaceX for experimentation purposes is a clear sign that new things are in the air. Even Mars is not beyond the reach of what lies in the future for SpaceX spacecraft. It is truly a brand new world of infinite hidden possibilities. The impetus was purely NASA’s though.

They extended the invitation to SpaceX and the latter responded in a favorable manner. The agency has plans to launch the Falcon Heavy which is slated to be the most energy-efficient rocket on the face of the planet. However, NASA has asked for some of the historic mementoes present in the surroundings of the launch pad to be preserved for future generations to gaze at in admiration.

Source: Space

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