In 2011, after more than thirty years of manned space flight, the Space Shuttle Program ended and Shuttles are no longer flying out of Kennedy Space Center (KSC). However, the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 established that the expansion of human space flight beyond the International Space Station and low-earth orbit would “support overall improvements at the Kennedy Space Center for multiple users and operations.” With the transition from the Shuttle to the next program, KSC is preparing itself for non-traditional users and operations as it prepares for the orderly development and use of its 140,000 acres.
The KSC Spaceport of tomorrow will be quite different from the KSC government launch complex of today. The KSC Spaceport of tomorrow will support a multitude of vertical, horizontal and developing space operations. Private aerospace companies will choose to locate supply chains functions near the Spaceport and expand operations. The Spaceport will actually begin to support itself through the mix of government and commercial users – thus providing a sustainable business model and competitive environment which will ultimately drive down the costs of commercial and government launch operations.
Design a concept of the Kennedy Space Center Spaceport in 2040, using the spaceport’s current state as a starting point. Show government and commercial facilities for: orbital launch, suborbital launch and processing. Include the required community planning of research parks, tourism, and supporting infrastructure (transportation, hotels, etc.).
This challenge is open ended so you may choose to develop your own deliverable or consider one of following:
Create a “build your own spaceport” website or smartphone application based on the current state of the spaceport’s design. Users can add functional buildings or spaceships to the spaceport. Allow users to take snapshots of their designs and upload them to social media.
Create a website virtual tour or “fly-through” of the spaceport in its current state. Give users the ability to add layers to the current spaceport to show planned developments and timeframes for development. A zoom-in of individual buildings could provide descriptions of the function of each with historical vignettes where applicable.
International Space University OASIShttp://isulibrary.isunet.edu/opac/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=8415
International Space University
KSC Resource Encyclopediahttp://tdglobal.ksc.nasa.gov/servlet/sm.web.Fetch/KHB-1863?rhid=1000&did=35173&type=released&rev=$latest
KSC Resource Encyclopedia
KSC Center Planning and Development Officehttp://kscpartnerships.ksc.nasa.gov/
This website is meant to give you a customer-friendly look at the center.
Exploration Park website
A History of Apollo Launch Facilities and Operations
KSC Visitor’s Centerhttp://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/
Space Center Website
The following projects are solving this challenge:
Our project is based on the space apps Kennedy Space Centre 2040 challenge. Taking existing ideas and expanding or adapting them. Visit Project
We present project - who has a development for future of the kennedy space center. -- Innovations in technology -- Space programs -- Economic development -- Space education -- infrastructure Visit Project
imagine the architecture of Kennedy Space Center in 2040 Visit Project
Leveraging technologies and creation of new technologies for learning
create a virtual and thematic park Port visits so as to attract more tourism when Lanzen new vehicles into space. Visit Project
JFK interplanet spaceport
A new spaceport deicated to the departures and the arrives of the spaceships to and from another planet and not only dedicated to the single mission! http://tinyurl.com/csu96j7 Visit Project
carry the greatest space adventure on earth to all visitors of JFK Space Center and attract more global tourism and install a port and track orbital flights. Visit Project
KSC: Where Earth Meets Space
Developing a Vision for what Kennedy Space Center will be in 2040. Visit Project