The 8.2-million-pound structures, which stand 25 feet high and span more than half the length of a football field, launched the now-retired Space Shuttles, as well as the Saturn rockets that carried Apollo astronauts to the moon decades ago. Located at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the mobile platforms also moved the Saturn rockets and shuttles from the Vehicle Assembly Building to their launch sites.
The agency has issued a request for information (RFI) to “gauge the interest of commercial or government entities for using the three nearly identical mobile launcher platforms in support of either commercial launch activity; deconstruction; or an alternative option that benefits the public, environment or other entities not associated with the space.”
NASA said the RFI is part of an effort “to transform Kennedy into a multi-user spaceport for both government and commercial clients and support NASA's future spaceflight programs and initiatives.” Those future plans including launching astronauts to study an asteroid, and working with commercial companies to send crews to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station.
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