NASA Selects SpaceX for Lease of Historic Pad 39A

Launch Pad 39A with the space shuttle Endeavour. (Credit: NASA)
Launch Pad 39A with the space shuttle Endeavour. (Credit: NASA)

Editor’s Note: Blue Origin’s GAO appeal was the only thing holding up the decision. Once a decision was issued on Thursday, NASA was able to move ahead.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., to begin negotiations on a lease to use and operate historic Launch Complex (LC) 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Permitting use and operation of this valuable national asset by a private-sector, commercial space partner will ensure its continued viability and allow for its continued use in support of U.S. space activities.

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GAO Footnotes Parabolic Arc as NASA Ponders Need for Warp Drive, Flux Capacitors

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Credit: GAO

This is kind of cool. The Government Accountability Office footnoted Parabolic Arc in its decision to deny Blue Origin’s protest concerning the privatization of launch Pad 39A. I think it’s the first time we’ve been cited in a government report. Woo-hoo!

Credit: GAO
Credit: GAO

And while we’re on the topic, check out this bit of sarcasm from NASA that GAO quoted about its potential future need for “flux capacitors and warp drives.”

Blue Origin Loses GAO Appeal Over Pad 39A Bid Process

Launch Pad 39A with the space shuttle Endeavour. (Credit: NASA)
Launch Pad 39A with the space shuttle Endeavour. (Credit: NASA)

Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin has lost a round in his battle with SpaceX’s Elon Musk over who will control former space shuttle launch Pad 39A in Florida.

In a 12-page decision, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied a protest by Blue Origin over the approach NASA is taking to commercialize the former space shuttle launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center.

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