Commercial Spaceport?

spaceport depiction from  NASA proposalNASA is proposing to build a “Commercial Vertical Launch Complex” (CVLC) on property at or near the Kennedy Space Center. This initiative hasn’t received much press (here’s an article in Florida Today), but there’s been some chatter on my fishing lists, because this would have a direct impact on access to, and closings of, some nice fishing grounds in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge.

The project is contemplating two possible sites, one is in undeveloped marshland at the south end of Mosquito Lagoon, and the other near the beach between some existing launch pads. I think the best solution would be to rebuild or redevelop one of the existing abandoned launch pads. There are dozens of them out there, but they are on adjacent Air Force property and there are jurisdictional issues.

The next step is soliciting public input and preparing a draft Environmental Assessment of the two proposed sites. No long range timeline is suggested.

Four page NASA propsal, February 2008. (in pdf format)

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