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The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program

The Orion boilerplate test vehicle is offloaded from the USS Anchorage at Naval Base San Diego
The Orion boilerplate test vehicle floats in the Pacific Ocean, a distance away from the USS Anchorage, during the third day of Orion Underway Recovery Test 3. The orange stabilizers inflated on top help keep the test vehicle floating upright. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program conducted the underway recovery test. Image credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
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Paving the Way to Tomorrow

Imagine a spaceport of the future, where a variety of space vehicles are preparing for launch or departing Earth on missions to expand humanity's reach into space. At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program, formerly known as the 21st Century Ground Systems Program, is propelling this vision forward, leading the center's transformation from a historically government-only launch complex to a spaceport bustling with activity involving government and commercial vehicles alike.

The program's primary objective is to prepare the center to process and launch the next-generation vehicles and spacecraft designed to achieve NASA's goals for space exploration. To achieve this transformation, program personnel are developing the necessary ground systems while refurbishing and upgrading infrastructure and facilities to meet tomorrow's demands. This modernization effort keeps flexibility in mind, in order to accommodate a multitude of government, commercial and other customers.

Drawing on five decades of experience -- and excellence -- in processing and launch, the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program is paving the way to the spaceport's future.

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Program Team

Each of our leaders brings at least two decades of experience to the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program.
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Meet some of the team members who are helping to build the spaceport of the future.
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Program Highlights

Stay informed with the monthly GSDO Program Highlights newsletter.
› August 2014 (4.6MB PDF)

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Media Contacts

Members of the media, please contact:

Rachel Kraft
NASA Headquarters
(202) 358-1100
Rachel.H.Kraft@nasa.gov

Amber Philman
Kennedy Space Center
(321) 867-2468
Amber.N.Philman@nasa.gov

Page Last Updated: September 22nd, 2014
Page Editor: Nancy Bray