Kennedy Space Center, one of 10 NASA field centers, is a premier multiuser spaceport with more than 90 private-sector partners and nearly 250 partnership agreements. The presence of commercial companies at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is larger than ever before, enabling us to embark on a new era of space exploration. Although Kennedy is the agency’s main launch site, the center also is home to facilities that research and develop innovative solutions that government and commercial space ventures need for working and living on the surfaces of the Moon and other bodies in our solar system.
NASA's LSP is responsible for launching uncrewed rockets delivering spacecraft that observe the Earth, visit other plants, and explore the universe – from weather satellites to telescopes to rovers and more.
The developments made inside Kennedy's labs and its unique facilities are critical to the future success of space exploration and play an important role in improving the quality of life for all Americans.
Kennedy has nearly 250 active partnership agreements in place with more than 90 private-sector partners.
Whether you want to launch spacecraft or engage in other aerospace-related activities, Kennedy Space Center – with its unique facilities, proven technical capabilities and experienced workforce – can provide a partnership that will help you reach your goals.
In this aerial view, the massive 212-foot long Space Launch System (SLS) core stage is shown being offloaded from the Pegasus Barge on April 29, 2021, after arriving at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA/Jamie Peer and Mike Downs
Visiting Kennedy on Business
Any person entering Kennedy Space Center on official business must have a Kennedy-issued badge in order to gain access.
Clearance to enter the center complex should be coordinated through your Kennedy sponsor – the individual or office you intend to visit. You may pick up your badge at the Kennedy Badging Office, located just outside Gate 3. Select “Read More” for directions to the badging office, as well as a list of accepted documentation required to pick up your badge.
With a view of the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building at left, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soars upward from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 23, 2021, carrying the company’s Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule. Launch time was at 5:49 a.m. EDT. Onboard the capsule are NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, spacecraft commander; NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, pilot; ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, mission specialist; and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, mission specialist. Crew-2 is the second regular crew mission of a U.S. commercial spacecraft with astronauts to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
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Virtual Guest Program
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Pioneering spaceflight and innovation
In July 1962, the Launch Operations Center was established, and by December 1963, it was renamed the John F. Kennedy Space Center.
Launch pads and towers rose one by one above the scrub land, dotting the shoreline of Florida's East Coast. By 1960, the Missile Firing Laboratory had become an extension of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. On July 1, 1962, NASA officially activated the Launch Operations Center at the seaside spaceport, granting the center equal status to Marshall and offering the center's new director, Dr. Kurt H. Debus, a direct report to the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The following year the center was renamed to honor the president who put America on the path to the Moon.