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SpaceX, ULA Exploring Use of Shuttle Launch Pad

•, By Dan Leone

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are probing NASA for details about using space shuttle launch infrastructure at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a senior agency official said.

“NASA has responded to one request by SpaceX and is in the process of responding to a second data/information request,” NASA associate administrator for space shuttle operations, Bill Hill, said in a March 13 statement.

SpaceX is interested in Launch Complex 39A, from which the final shuttle missions launched. The pad was also to be the launch site for the Ares rockets NASA was developing under the canceled Constellation program.

Pad 39A “is one of the options we are considering for both Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches, but it depends on being awarded more launches from NASA,” SpaceX spokeswoman Kirstin Grantham said.

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