(WAFF) - From NASA release: Friday NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will open The Boeing Company's Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9 am Central.
Boeing, one of two companies under contract with NASA's Commercial Crew Program to restore America's ability to launch crews to the International Space Station from the United States, will debut the modernization of the former space shuttle Orbiter Processing Facility-3, which now is home to Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft. Inside, there are more than 150 pieces of hardware, as well as the structural test article and service module that together will be used to prove the design Boeing is developing to accomplish flight tests and crew missions to the space station.
Through a 2011 land-use agreement between Kennedy and Space Florida, a state economic development agency, the former space shuttle hangar has been transformed to support Boeing's clean-floor factory-like concept for processing the CST-100. Kennedy has transitioned more than 50 facilities for commercial use over the past few years as the space center has evolved to a multi-user spaceport.