CAPE CANAVERAL — No commercial launch pads will be built at Kennedy Space Center, at least not for a while.
After a review of proposals, NASA has decided not to award either of two potential sites for development of commercial vertical launch pads that had been dubbed pads 48 and 49.
The agency determined “the market wasn’t sufficiently mature to make the commitment NASA sought” when it solicited proposals in June.
KSC did not disclose how many proposals it received, and said it would revisit the potential for new pads if market conditions change.
“While no decision has been made at this time to issue another (Announcement for Proposals), as demand grows, Kennedy will look to make the sites available for commercial partnerships in the future,” the center said in a press release.
Kennedy has two pads, 39A and 39B, originally built to support launches of Saturn V rockets and then space shuttles.
NASA plans to launch its next exploration rocket, the Space Launch System, from pad 39B as soon as 2018.
The agency has leased pad 39A to SpaceX, which plans to use the facility for launches of Falcon rockets, including of astronauts to the International Space Station, and larger Falcon Heavy rockets.
The two proposed new launch pads sites were located near the existing pads, inside KSC’s secure perimeter.
Space Florida separately is studying the possibility of developing a commercial launch complex called Shiloh near the northern border of property NASA shares with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
A environmental review led by the Federal Aviation Administration could be completed next year.
The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket is carrying a communications satellite for the Mexican government.
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasted into space carrying the Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite.
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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched an unmanned transport vehicle carrying water, parts and other supplies to the International Space Station. A few minutes after its launch, it entered a preliminary orbit with no problems. (Aug. 19)
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A Delta IV rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with a communications satellite for the military. Posted July 23, 2015.
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Three astronauts aboard a Soyuz spacecraft successfully launched towards the International Space Station on Thursday after a two-month delay caused by a Russian rocket failure.
Video provided by AFP
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An unpiloted Russian spacecraft is safely on its way to the International Space Station with more than 3 tons of supplies. They’re needed to alleviate a shortage caused by a string of failed missions, including the recent explosion of a SpaceX rocket
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An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station broke apart minutes after liftoff. As engineers analyze flight data to pinpoint what went wrong, NASA and SpaceX officials emphasize no negligence was involved.
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Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral with the Air Force’s X-37B mini-shuttle, 10 CubeSats and The Planetary Society’s LightSail mission on board.
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SpaceX launches their Falcon 9 rocket into space. The rocket is carrying supplies to the International Space Station, including a pricey Italian coffee maker.
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The Soyuz launched into space Friday with astronaut Scott Kelly who will be on a year-long mission.
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An Atlas V rocket launched Thursday night is part of NASA’s billion-dollar mission to study the explosive give-and-take of the Earth and sun’s magnetic fields.
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NASA’s Atlas V rocket is blasting off with a quartet of science satellites on Thursday night. Check out this animation that shows the rocket deploying in space to study the magnetosphere.
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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying commercial communications satellites blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex.
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Early risers across much of Arizona were treated to a colorful sight — a pink cloud from a NASA research rocket that was launched Wednesday from a U.S. Army installation in New Mexico. (Feb. 26)
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After a series of delays, SPACEX finally launched its Falcon 9 DSCOVR rocket.
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket successfully launched the U.S. Navy’s MUOS 3 mission.
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SpaceX successfully launched a Dragon cargo capsule into space early Saturday morning. The capsule is filled with supplies, headed for the International Space Station. The launch was crucial following the failed Antares rocket back in October.
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NASA’s unmanned Orion spacecraft blasted off Friday. Its first launch attempt was scrubbed Thursday due to several factors, including wind. NASA hopes the spacecraft will eventually take astronauts to Mars.
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NASA had cameras placed all around the launch site of the Orion spacecraft. Watch the liftoff from several different perspectives.
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Three astronauts are headed towards the International Space Station after a succesful launch of the Soyuz TMA-15M rocket on Sunday.
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Atlas V rocket lifts off with Mexican satellite
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