Lockheed Martin has announced, that in partnership with the State of Florida, its plans to locate final assembly and testing of the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) in Florida.
The deal is subject to the corporation being successful in its bid to provide the next generation crew transportation system for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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â€œWe are extremely pleased and proud to partner with the State of Florida in support of NASAâ€™s CEV program. The point of final assembly and testing for each mission will be critical to the viability of NASAâ€™s CEV program and the ideal location to do that is here in Florida adjacent to the launch site,â€ said John Karas, vice president of space exploration for Lockheed Martin.
â€œFlorida has an extremely talented existing workforce with the skills, experience, dedication and track record to meet the challenges and requirements of NASAâ€™s human spaceflight program.
‘They also have facilities that can support the highly specialized work that the new Crew Exploration Vehicle will require. And co-location here in Florida with NASAâ€™s launch operations offers the greatest value at an overall affordable cost that is essential to the long-term success, safety, reliability and sustainability of NASAâ€™s CEV program,â€ added Karas.
In support of the State of Floridaâ€™s extensive heritage in NASAâ€™s space flight endeavors and the stateâ€™s strong interest in maintaining a key role in NASAâ€™s CEV program, Governor Jeb Bush has proposed incentives valued at $45.5 million for the CEV program to cover training, transportation infrastructure, facility improvements and equipment.
â€œOn behalf of the State of Florida, I am very pleased that Lockheed Martin has recognized our strong commitment to maintaining our space industry legacy,â€ said Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings.
â€œWe are proud to partner with them by providing economic incentives to final assemble the Crew Exploration Vehicle right here at Kennedy Space Center, where space history begins and will continue for years to come.â€
In trade studies, Lockheed Martin looked closely at the significant benefits of using facilities located in Florida for final assembly, integration and subsystem checkout, environmental acceptance testing, and Crew Module maintenance, for both the CEV Crew Module and Service Module.
The final assembly and integration will be located in the O&C facility located on-site at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), a state-of-the-art facility that will be specifically configured to support CEV final assembly and acceptance testing. Locating the final assembly and integration operations in proximity with the launch operations will provide much greater efficiency in the flow of testing and operations leading to launch.
In addition, the synergies gained by utilizing KSC for assembly and integration will provide NASA with greater operational flexibility during the final integration of the CEV with the Crew Launch Vehicle.