A New Generation...A Multi-User Spaceport
The Development Program describes the strategy that NASA must undertake to support the expansion of non-NASA operations at KSC. The Development Program outlines strategies to:
"Right-sized" NASA operations at KSC are essential to support the multi-user spaceport model. This effort requires the consolidation of NASA operations and the reduction of NASA’s footprint, which will free up areas and assets for non-NASA uses. The development of the Central Campus is an initiative supporting the right-sizing efforts at KSC as a means to reduce operational overhead and support the transition to this multi-user model.
Projects that support continuing NASA programs, as well as future and anticipated NASA missions that may affect the KSC facility inventory, are included in the Implementation component. These projects include new facilities as well as modifications to existing assets.
The Master Plan takes into consideration all development factors to produce a broad preliminary understanding of which areas of KSC are most conducive to new development (Development Conditions), with strategies to implement future development in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner. A Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts from proposed center-wide KSC operations, activities, and facilities across a 20-year planning horizon. It considers a range of future scenarios for repurposing existing facilities and recapitalizing infrastructure, and for reorganizing the management of KSC and its land resources, with potentially various kinds of partnerships, some of which are already in place.
While the center-wide programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) assesses the cumulative impacts of proposed land use changes at KSC, all new development at KSC should be evaluated at an project-specific level to determine what form of NEPA analysis is appropriate.
KSC’s development strategy is broken down into three separate but interrelated sub strategies. KSC’s asset strategy analyzes the past and future use of facilities at KSC, focusing on which shuttle-era facilities are the most appropriate and conducive to convert to future NASA or commercial operations. The Central Campus Plan aims to consolidate NASA operations to a smaller geographic footprint that results in greater efficiency, resulting in lower operating costs, and opportunities for non-NASA entities to operate in areas of KSC that do not contain NASA operations. The sustainability strategy was developed in conjunction with KSC’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan and fully supports the goal of executing NASA’s mission without compromising the planet’s resources. The unique relationship between spaceflight operations and protection of natural resources is carefully orchestrated to ensure that both objectives are achieved with minimal conflict.
Planning Initiatives and Actions
Define a sustainable future state
Develop non-NASA opportunities at KSC
Leverage non-NASA funding for new projects whenever possible
Out-grant or divest surplus or unnecessary facilities to non-NASA entities
Promote growth and implementation of the Central Campus Concept
Learn more about how we will realize our vision
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