New data center opens at Kennedy Space Center

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 6:41 AM EDT

The Kennedy Space Center is consolidating its facilities to help save money and become more efficient.

Located in Kennedy Space Center's industrial area, a new data center officially opened Oct. 8 — marking another milestone for the area and a key component of the spaceport's capability to support multiple users.

The goal of the new data center is to streamline information technology operations at Kennedy Space Center. The 16,000-square-foot facility replaces five older data centers and about 45,000 square feet.

"The data center will support multiple activities, and we have a lot going on," said Kelvin Manning, associate director at Kennedy Space Center.

Although the new facility is smaller, NASA said the data center will be three times more efficient when it is fully operational, said Vanessa Stromer, director of IT and communications services at Kennedy Space Center.

The new data center is part of the first phase of construction on the spaceport's new central campus.