It comes as no surprise that commercial space programs are expanding at an ever increasing pace. Now the government and NASA are putting unused space program assets to use helping these enterprises along.
NASA will turn over one of its unused space-shuttle launch pads to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) so that they can set up a second site in Florida.
SpaceX current sends routine re-supply missions to the ISS using its Dragon spacecraft.
SpaceX won out over protests from rival space company Blue Origin, founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.
The Government Accountability Office dismissed Blue Origin’s protest. However, the GAO said NASA could consider renting the launch pad under exclusive or multi-use arrangements for the launch pad.
NASA spends around $100,000 a month to maintain the site, so this agreement will help both NASA and SpaceX.
SpaceX is already launching its Falcon rockets from a leased launch pad at Cape Canaveral and it has a launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
SpaceX’s locations are a little different from other commercial space enterprises that are basing their operations out of the New Mexico spaceport.
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