Is X-37B Program Moving to KSC?

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X-37B after landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base on June 16, 2012. (Credit: Boeing/USAF)

Florida Today reports that Space Florida has approved spending $5 million to re-purpose facilities at the Kennedy Space Center for a classified military program code named “Project Coyote.”

Speculation centers on the U.S. Air Force’s reusable X-37B shuttle, which launches from Cape Canaveral but lands at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Air Force officials have been looking at saving money by consolidating the program in Florida and landing the autonomous space plane at the Shuttle Landing Facility there.

Documents have linked the spending to the Orbiter Processing Facilities 1 and 2. These structures were used for space shuttle work until the program was canceled last year.

Space Florida is also spending $10 million to prepare Orbiter Processing Facility 3 for use by Boeing for assembling its CST-100 spacecraft. The orbital vehicle is being developed under NASA’s commercial crew program to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

The money for the upgrades is coming from the Florida Department of Transportation’s $15 million fund for space-related infrastructure upgrades.

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