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Commercialization

Adjusting to the New Reality at KSC

By Keith Cowing
October 10, 2011
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Former Florida shuttle workers still struggling to find jobs, Orlando Sentinel via Washington Post
“NASA officials predict the KSC workforce will number roughly 8,200 next year — about half the 15,000 employed there in 2008. A few hundred contractors are giving the shuttles last rites before they, too, join their former colleagues in a brutal job market.”
Kennedy Space Center to build new $300M HQ, Orlando Business Journal
“The project will “provide job potential through the design, engineering and construction to transition KSC from shuttles to new government and commercial vehicles,” said Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. “This complex keeps talent local and enhances our overall competitiveness on the global economic development stage.”
NASA Solicitation: Kennedy Space Center Space Processing and Manufacturing Capability
“NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is looking to preserve an inventory of processing and manufacturing equipment for current and future mission support. This Request for Information (RFI) describes this equipment, currently underutilized as a result of the transition from the Space Shuttle Program to the future mission activities authorized by Congress. NASA KSC is seeking to identify potential industry interest in the operation and/or maintenance of this NASA property.”

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