Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

KSC could launch new Orbital ATK rocket

NASA today will announce it has begun negotiations with Orbital ATK about the potential use of Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building and other facilities to support launches of a new commercial rocket.

The rocket is in the very early stages of development as a possible competitor to SpaceX and United Launch Alliance vehicles, and its future funding is uncertain, but Orbital ATK has said it could be ready to launch as soon as 2019.

If it does materialize, a deal with Orbital ATK would further KSC’s vision of becoming a “multi-user spaceport” by making commercial use of facilities now needed only for NASA missions.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.floridatoday.com

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