It looks as if two former space shuttle structures at the Kennedy Space Center will be converted for use by the U.S. Air Force:
Space Florida on Wednesday advanced plans to renovate two former shuttle hangars that might eventually house a secretive military space plane program.
The agency’s board approved spending up to $4 million more to overhaul Orbiter Processing Facilities 1 and 2 at Kennedy Space Center, on top of $5 million committed last year from funds provided by the state Department of Transportation.
As before, the future tenant was not identified, but is believed to be the Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, a reusable unmanned system that resembles a small space shuttle. Previously, the Air Force has confirmed it is studying consolidation of X-37B operations at Kennedy or the Cape to save money.
The X-37Bs are launched from Cape Canaveral aboard Atlas V rockets but land in California. If operations are consolidated in Florida, the vehicles would touch down at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility.
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