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'Rocket Garden' Part of SpaceX Plans for Florida Expansion

'Rocket Garden' Part of SpaceX Plans for Florida Expansion

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By    |   Monday, 11 June 2018 09:20 AM

A so-called rocket garden is part of SpaceX plans for a Florida expansion that will allow Elon Musk's private space company to refurbish a larger number of rocket boosters and nose cones, Florida Today reported Friday.

The Kennedy Space Center published a draft environmental review of SpaceX's plans for the expansion that it hopes to start soon, the publication said.

"This action is needed in order to increase the effective and cost efficient operation of space flight by providing Space X with facilities to support staff in planning, processing, and operating launches as part of their current returnable, re-usable space vehicles program (Falcon 9 and the Falcon Heavy), which is already in place at launch complexes on (Kennedy Space Center) and (the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station), SpaceX's environmental review document said.

The expansion would include a new SpaceX launch control center, a 133,000-square-foot hangar and a rocket garden — which could include rockets, missiles, re-entry vehicles, and related space hardware — rising in the heart of the iconic space center, Florida Today said.

"As SpaceX's launch cadence and manifest for missions from Florida continues to grow, we are seeking to expand our capabilities and streamline operations to launch, land and re-fly our Falcon family of rockets," James Gleeson, a SpaceX spokesman, told Florida Today.

NASA said on its website that all environmental reviews at the Kennedy Space Center start with completing an environmental checklist. The review will result in a Record of Consideration, which is sent to the project proponent, the space agency said.

The record then provides a Class of Action Determination as well as list of potential environmental requirements associated with the project or action that must be completed to assure compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations, NASA wrote.

Florida Today reported that the most noticeable feature in the expansion would be a 32,000-square-foot tower standing up to 300 feet tall, which would house a "world-class, architecturally distinctive" launch and landing control center.

The tower, which according to an artist rendering looked like something out the cartoon "The Jetsons," will include a data center; firing room; engineering room; control center for Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon vehicles; customer control center; and meeting spaces, Florida Today wrote.

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