Design Work Begins For NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

A new master plan is being designed to transform NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex  into an interactive exhibit featuring ten themed areas that will highlight the human spaceflight program both past and present, plus new and enhanced visitor amenities that will allow guests of all ages to fully immerse themselves.
Concept design for a new orbiter exhibit showcases the space shuttle as it appears “in flight.”

Created by PGAV Destinations, a global leader in the planning and design of cultural and entertainment destinations, the new master plan will feature interactive displays highlighting major accomplishments of the Space Shuttle Program including the Hubble Space Telescope and construction of the International Space Station.  But the centerpiece of the new design, which has local residents buzzing, is the $100 million exhibit, that can accommodate a flown space shuttle orbiter. 

 According to Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at KSC, Inc., operators of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the 64,000 square-foot orbiter home was conceptualized by Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex request to be selected by NASA as the home of one of three orbiters available for display.  The exhibit fits this request by providing an exhibit that will display a space shuttle in flight.  The display will also show how the spacecraft worked in space and provide a unique up-close vantage point for guests. 

“We would be honored to showcase one of the space shuttle orbiters so we have begun designing a dynamic, interactive exhibit to tell the space shuttle story from our own unique perspective,” said Bill Moore, Chief Operating Officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “Kennedy Space Center is home to the space shuttle; all of the 132 missions have launched from here.”
The new master plan is not funded by tax payers, but instead by revenue generated from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s general admission fees and also food and retail sales. 
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located just east of Orlando, FL on Florida’s Space Coast.   One of Florida’s most popular destinations, 70-acre theme park attracts  more than 1.5 million visitors annually.

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