Kennedy Space Center, known as the “epicenter of human space flight,” is looking to the future, with the aim of becoming a one-stop shop for launching into space. 

To achieve that goal, the center is focused on one question: What do commercial space companies really need? 

The answer, at least for now, is a multi-user spaceport where companies like Boeing, SpaceX, Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, and others work alongside the government to develop spaceflight capabilities and launch from here or nearby Cape Canaveral. 

By 2025, Kennedy Space Center hopes to house five human spaceflight programs in their facilities. They’re now at four.

Through this public-private partnership, NASA hopes to become the gateway to the moon, and one day, perhaps to Mars and beyond.