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Assembly, Testing, and Processing

Land Use Description - Assembly, Testing and Processing includes facilities, operations and land areas that are essential to space vehicle component assembly, integration and processing prior to launch. Laboratories, material support and interface testing to achieve final assembly, test and closeout to prepare and test payloads, space systems and systems components for flight and integration, which may include hazardous commodities, are also included in this clarification. Primary uses and facilities support both government and commercial capabilities for payload assembly, integration, and processing; the development and testing of launch vehicle or spacecraft equipment at the component or system level; post-flight servicing and refurbishment activities; and spaceport infrastructure and operations. Secondary uses and facilities include associated and compatible manufacturing, logistics, or technical support functions. Quantity Distance (QD) arcs, other safety setback, and exposure limits are considered restrictions on the use of land adjacent to the Assembly, Testing and Processing Area. Land within these restricted areas is not designated part of the Assembly, Testing and Processing land use. Future Development - Assembly, Testing and Processing areas can be expanded to the north of the existing developed areas in the VAB Area to accommodate future Assembly, Testing and Processing functions. Development in the expanded areas will require seawall construction to comply with sea level rise criteria. Land areas in the vicinity of Contractors Row previously designed as Support Services are designated as Assembly, Integration and Processing in support of future needs and requirements. In the Industrial Area, Assembly, Testing, and Processing payload functions can be expanded to the north and east of their current concentration to accommodate increased payload processing and testing. Due to the nature of these activities, QD arcs, other safety setback, and exposure limits requirements will be imposed for safe operations.

 

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