Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Major Changes Planned for KSCVC

KSCVC before construction of the Shuttle Launch Experience.

Florida Today reports that the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will undergo major renovations along with its receipt of the orbiter Atlantis.

Read the article for details.

UPDATE April 14, 2011 6:15 AM EDTFlorida Today reports the projected impact of an Atlantis exhibit on the local economy:

Initial estimates by the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast put the economic impact at $12 million a year if the Atlantis exhibit boosts visitor complex attendance by 150,000 a year, and $14 million annually if attendance there increases by 250,000 a year. Those figures include both spending by visitors and the impact of the 46 permanent jobs the attraction will create.

Officials with the company that runs the Visitor Complex estimate an attendance boost of about 225,000 — or 15 percent.

The visitor complex received a 12 percent attendance increase after the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator opened in 2007.

An artist's concept of the Atlantis exhibit. Image source: Florida Today.

UPDATE April 18, 2011Florida Today interviews KSC Visitor Complex CEO Bill Moore about plans to renovate for Atlantis.

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