Kennedy Space Center Master Plan

A New Generation...A Multi-User Spaceport

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Multi-User Spaceport/NASA Programs Integrated

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NASA Programs with Emerging Multi-User Spaceport

The NASA Programs with Emerging Multi-User Spaceport operating model consists of NASA sharing assets and services with non-NASA entities while continuing to support NASA programs.  NASA still owns the land and operates the majority of government-controlled assets, infrastructure, and services on KSC, but develops policies and regulations for non-hazardous NASA and non-NASA operations that are in close proximity, while delineating areas for hazardous operations to occur without conflict.  NASA begins to transition excess land to non-NASA entities through lease agreements and easements.


  • Continuing support of federal programs enhanced with growing commercial opportunities.
  • Grow commercial business opportunities; leverage current capability.
  • Continue to sustain assets required to support continuing NASA programs.
  • Continue to leverage available funding in response to shrinking federal dollars.
  • Continue to divest assets not needed to support continuing NASA programs (transfer or demolish).
  • Continue to preserve unique capabilities and assets that may not be matched to current programs (mothball).
  • Leverage available assets and developable land resources to meet evolving demand (i.e., alternative energy and ancillary uses).


NASA Operations

  • Easements and agreements to facilitate leveraging of land area resources
  • Operates program-specific assets
  • Funds operations and maintenance infrastructure for program/capability specific tasks and facilities (High-bay, Pad, etc.)
  • NASA/Spaceport Authority proposes, reviews & approves real property agreements

Non-NASA Operations

  • Spaceport Authority Operates Commercial Zones (COZ)
  • Beginning to be self-sustaining
  • Ability to raise capital/bonds for development / improvements
  • Market-based pricing in effect
  • Commercial standards apply
  • Entity pays all infrastructure charges within COZ

Operational Initiatives

OI-1 | Continue to apply a customer-centric business approach to ensure position as private sector first alternative

  • Continue adoption of policies and procedures consistent with marketplace expectations, including pricing structures, approval procedures, and operational regulations.
  • Continue updating and publishing a “menu” of core services and facilities pricing that is standardized.
  • Continue streamlining the approval process to the greatest extent possible by negotiating and approving agreements at the local level.
  • Continue providing ancillary amenities to tenants such as on-site dining, service facilities, or recreational opportunities.
  • Continue to address business practice policies and procedures before aggressively marketing KSC as a business-friendly location.
  • Continue to communicate the terms of any agreements with non-NASA tenants to NASA personnel who will implement the agreement so they can respond appropriately to tenant requests.

OI-2 | Continue to use all available legal and administrative tools to support commercial efforts

  • Continue to use advantageous Space Act Agreement property agreements, Enhanced Use Leases, and out-grants through the National Historic Preservation Act as appropriate for tenant contracts.
  • Continue to structure future agreements with non-NASA entities to include profit-sharing partnerships in addition to standard lease agreements.
  • Continue use of templates for legal agreements with standardized terms and conditions that can be modified as necessary for each negotiation.

OI-3 | Continue to negotiate and administer Commercial Space Launch Act (CSLA) agreements at a local level

  • Continue the center director having authority to negotiate leases at a local level.
  • Continue supplementing the center director's authority via a local representative as headquarters liaison when commercial agreements cannot be negotiated locally.
  • Continue supplementing CSLA agreements with Space Act Agreements, Enhanced Use Leases, and National Historic Preservation Act administrative and legal tools if deemed more beneficial to KSC.

OI-4 | Continue to leverage legitimate private sector interface to promote business with non-NASA entities

  • Continue to review existing policies regarding competition with the private sector for appropriate guidance.

OI-5 | Continue commitment to commercialization with clear and consistent leadership vision

  • Continue efforts of senior-level champion for change management who has decisional authority to implement the vision for transition to a multi-user spaceport.
  • Continue having this champion be the primary point of contact for issues related to the transition to a multi-user spaceport.
  • Integrate updates to the strategic plan to provide continued support for the transition that include goals and objectives, action steps, responsible parties, schedule milestones, associated costs, and projected revenues.
  • Continue to coordinate and integrate updates in the KSC tactical map to ensure clear definition of strategic imperatives required for both non-NASA, programmatic launch activities and non-NASA, non-programmatic activities.

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