Tuesday, August 14, 2012

XCOR to Take Residence at KSC


An artist's concept of the XCOR Lynx. Image source: XCOR.com.

Florida Today reports that an event will be held August 23 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to announce that XCOR Aerospace will take residence at KSC.

The California company expects to create 152 jobs with this operations and manufacturing business, which it will announce at 10 a.m. on Aug. 23 at the Astronaut Encounter Theater at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

An invitation to the announcement says XCOR will establish its new business in Florida, and the only Florida site the company has seriously scouted was KSC.

According to the invitation (which I've seen), among those to be in attendance will be Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello, and KSC Director Robert Cabana.

It's been a big media week for XCOR.

The Lynx was on the front page of the USA Today Money section today.

This week's Popular Mechanics dubbed the Lynx the "Space Corvette."

The August 23 event finally may reveal who is the new tenant in the former Space Shuttle hangar OPF-1. Florida Today reported in November 2011 that the hangar had been released to an unnamed tenant, and NASA would have to vacate by August 2012. Well, here we are in August, and the orbiters have left OPF-1, so now we await the revelation.

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