KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX has plans to build a new facility at Kennedy Space Center that's poised to provide jobs and an economic boost to the Space Coast.
- SpaceX planning major expansion at Kennedy Space Center
- Environmental assessment document outlines expansion plans
- Plans include new launch and landing control center
With SpaceX's expansion in the works, new features are anticipated to be added to its facilities at KSC.
Officials are eyeing a larger hangar for Falcon rocket maintenance and storage and a new launch and landing control center, according to a draft environmental review assessment by KSC.
The expansion would also include a historic rocket garden.
The environmental review document says the purpose of the expansion is to help support SpaceX's mission in developing a "local, efficient, and reusable launch vehicle program" with Falcon Heavy, right now the world's most powerful rocket. The Falcon Heavy's first test flight took place in February from KSC, carrying CEO Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster into space.
According to Sen. Bill Nelson, a NASA bill passed by Congress in 2017 allows commercial space companies, such as SpaceX, the opportunity to expand its activities on NASA property.
No word yet on when the expansion could happen.