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New Control Tower Reports for Duty
The new Shuttle Launch Facility control tower
Image above: The new Shuttle Landing Facility control tower was dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Image credit: NASA/KSC

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new control tower was held on Friday, July 8, at the Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF).

The new tower rises 110 feet over the midpoint of the runway and replaces a smaller, portable tower only 20 feet high, installed in 1986. The new control tower will manage all landings and departures from the SLF, including air traffic within the Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral restricted airspace.

The new building includes a 24-hour weather-observing facility, providing official hourly weather observations for the SLF and the Cape Canaveral vicinity, including special observations for all launches and landings. State-of-the-art, weather-observing equipment has been installed for Space Shuttle landings and for serving conventional aircraft landing at the SLF.

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