SpaceX, Blue Origin compete for KSC launch site

Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A is the subject of competition between SpaceX, which has eyed it for launching space station astronauts, and relative space newcomer Blue Origin, which says it wants the site so it can serve multiple companies with launch plans. "We believe the fullest commercial use of that facility is as a multi-user pad, and we think we've got the long-term financial commitment and the technical ability to make it successful," said Rob Meyerson, president of Blue Origin. NASA, which isn't commenting on the two proposals, wants to lease the former Apollo pad because it can no longer afford to maintain it.

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