NASA Selects Orbital ATK to Begin Negotiations for Space in Iconic Vehicle Assembly Building

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Photos inside Vehicle Assembly Building Highbay 2 and photos of the Mobile Launcher 3.

NASA selected Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia, to begin negotiations on an agreement to use High Bay 2 in the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The prospective agreement will include a mobile launcher platform and reflects Kennedy’s transformation to a multi-user spaceport supporting both government and commercial organizations.

“Over the past few years, the people of Kennedy have worked diligently to transform the center. We are now a true multi-user spaceport supporting a variety of different partners successfully,” said Bob Cabana, Kennedy’s director. “We look forward to working with —- in the future to help expand the capabilities of this unique, historic asset.”

NASA will remain the primary user of the VAB for the Space Launch System and Orion programs. If an agreement is negotiated, NASA will act as the overall site operator for the facility. Details at http://go.nasa.gov/26hoG9a and on Kennedy’s Partnerships page at http://go.nasa.gov/26hpk6E Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett