Starting next year, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests will be able to explore the nine Merlin main engines, re-entry scorch marks, grid fins used for in-flight steering, and massive landing legs attached to the 156-foot booster built in California. All that hardware helped launch two missions: the Thaicom 8 communications satellite in 2016 and the three-core Falcon Heavy’s premiere in 2018.
Unlike historic rockets in the complex’s “Rocket Garden” like early Atlas and Mercury-Redstone, however, Falcon 9 will get special treatment: it will be mounted horizontally in a new attraction called “Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex.” It was transported from SpaceX’s spaceport facilities to the Visitor Complex on Tuesday. Read more at Florida Today
After more than a decade of launching Falcon 9s, Florida is finally getting one for itself. It’ll be mounted horizontally in a new two-story building at the KSC Visitor Complex slated for opening next year called“Gateway.”
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