The Boeing Co. said today it plans to move into a former shuttle hangar at Kennedy Space Center in the spring of 2014, where it will assemble CST-100 commercial crew capsules. One of three companies competing to launch NASA crews to the International Space Station, Boeing hopes to launch a first test flight of the CST-100 in 2016. In a press release, Boeing said it had finalized a lease agreement with Space Florida, which took over Orbiter Processing Facility 3, a former shuttle main engine shop and adjacent office facilities from NASA. That deal and Boeing's plans to lease the facilities were announced two years ago. A first phase of renovations to OPF-3, now renamed the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility, or C3PF, was completed in February, and second phase began this summer. Boeing has said its commercial crew operations could eventually bring over 500 jobs to KSC.
Written by James Dean