Kennedy to Lead NASA’s Commercial Human Spaceflight Effort

Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

NASA PR — WASHINGTON — NASA has announced program office assignments at three NASA field centers to align the president’s fiscal year 2012 budget request and the NASA Authorization Act of 2010.

  • NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will lead the way in enabling commercial human spaceflight capabilities and host a program office dedicated to that work. Kennedy will continue to provide launch services to both science missions and commercial crew providers.
  • NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston will host a program office responsible for developing the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. Johnson also will continue to lead the way in human research to enable exploration beyond low Earth orbit. This research heavily leverages the International Space Station. In addition, the center will be critical to efforts to facilitate commercial access to low Earth orbit.
  • The Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will lead NASA’s efforts on a heavy- lift rocket that will carry humans beyond low Earth orbit. The center will house the program office for the Space Launch System and continue to support station operations.

“NASA is moving forward to aggressively implement the bi-partisan direction the President and Congress have given us, and these program offices will help us carry out this important mission,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “The United States continues its leadership role in human spaceflight and these moves will ensure this continues for many years to come.”