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NASA, Air Force Agree on X-37B Program Move to Kennedy Space Center

AirportRunwayThe U.S. Air Force and NASA have signed an agreement that allows the military branch to process an unmanned space plane inside two former shuttle hangars at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA said Wednesday that bays one and two of the KSC orbiter processing facility will house the Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle program.

“Kennedy is positioning itself for the future, transitioning to a multi-user launch facility for both commercial and government customers, while embarking on NASA’s new deep space exploration plans,” said Kennedy Center Director Robert Cabana.

OTV prime contractor Boeing is currently refurnishing the OPFs and slated to complete the renovation in December.

The X-37B team intends to use the buildings to prepare the reusable spacecraft for launch and has conducted landing tests at KSC’s former Shuttle Landing Facility.

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