Posts Tagged ‘OPF’

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Delving deeper into KSC’s transformation into a Multi-User Spaceport


The 2011 conclusion of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program posed a major challenge for the Kennedy Space Center, the historic spaceport dotted with facilities purpose-built for shuttles. Eleven…

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KSC continuing its spaceport transition for the new era


It’s been over three years since the world famous Kennedy Space Center (KSC) last felt the rumble of a launch from within its grounds. However, the spaceport hasn’t fallen…

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Facilitating the commercial crew era for Kennedy’s OPFs


As the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) continues its transformation into a multi-user spaceport, the three buildings dedicated to processing the since-retired Space Shuttle orbiters are aiming to once…

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Atlantis’ team comforted by the orbiter retiring at her home port of KSC


A few days after the high-visibility move of Space Shuttle Orbiter Endeavour to her retirement home, a quieter move marked the end of an era October 17th at…

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OPF-3’s conversion into Boeing’s C3PF to begin on September 10


The removal of work stands in Orbiter Processing Facility -3 (OPF-3) will begin next week, as the former home to Shuttle orbiters is converted into the new processing…

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SNC evaluating KSC processing facilities to house the Dream Chaser fleet


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have stepped up their evaluations into finding a suitable facility to house the Dream Chaser fleet in Florida. With the Kennedy Space Center (KSC)…

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Atlantis readied for her trip to the VAB – OPF-1 for transition


Atlantis is closing in on the end of her Transition and Retirement (T&R) processing, following the installation of her three Replica Shuttle Main Engines (RSMEs). Atlantis is scheduled…

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Atlantis put to sleep after 26 years loyal service – OPF turnovers


Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis was powered down for the final time on Thursday, following a 26 year, 33 mission career. With her retirement, the world-famous space ship will…

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Boeing’s CST-100 leases OPF-3 following NASA agreement with Space Florida


One of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) suitors – Boeing and their CST-100 spacecraft – have signed a 15 year lease to utilize Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF-3) at…

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Discovery’s VAB stay part of a commercial transition for the OPFs


With Discovery now enjoying a month-long vacation inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), following her rollover on Wednesday, the long-term future for the Orbiter Processing Facilities (OPFs) will…

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NASA teams recommend Early Release of Shuttle OPF-3


With Discovery safely back on the ground after becoming the first orbiter to successfully complete all of the missions assigned to her, NASA is beginning the process of…