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Kennedy Space Center - Runway For Rent  
User currently offlineDesh From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 232 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

One really long runway for rent -- call NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- For rent: 15,000-foot runway. Aircraft hangar included. Affordable. Historic. Scenic Florida location.

That's how a classified advertisement might read if NASA advertised its plan to make some money on the long air strip normally used by space shuttles.

see link for details .....
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/TECH/spa...3/15/runway.for.rent.ap/index.html

I am wondering what value does a really long runway provide ? (Unless its an emergency where a long runway could, potentially, be usefull)

Why would anyone pay a premium - the article mentions that they would charge more than "$300 to $700 per flight charged at regular airports" - for a longer runway ?

How realistic is it to depend on space travel to materlize by 2010 ? Yeah - Branson has made the announcement - but its one thing to crunch the numbers and another to make the science actually work.

Why dont they just convert the space center into an airport ? What other airports will they be competing against ?


"History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again." - Kurt Vonnegut
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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

Quoting Desh (Thread starter):
Why dont they just convert the space center into an airport ? What other airports will they be competing against ?

The two nearest airports to KSC with commercial service are MLB and DAB. Plus MCO and SFB aren't too far away either (No more than an hour's drive).


User currently offlineCOEWR777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 428 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2877 times:

Mco is only an hour away. But an airport could work there with all the cruise traffic and the beach

A few daily flights to boston,nyc,washington,chicago,houston,dallas,atlanta could work


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2853 times:

Quoting COEWR777 (Reply 2):
But an airport could work there with all the cruise traffic and the beach

A few daily flights to boston,nyc,washington,chicago,houston,dallas,atlanta could work

The Kennedy Space Center sits in between DAB and MLB (Melbourne), both of those airports currently have commerical service.

DAB: ATL ( DL and EV ), EWR ( CO ), IAD ( YV )

MLB: ATL ( DL and EV ), DCA ( OH )


User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2827 times:

They could convert the KSC runway into a discount parking lot with shuttle busses to nearby airports.

User currently offlineAADC10 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2016 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2719 times:

They must intend to use it only for tests and experimanetal flights. It is not suitable for an airport and it is to humid for aircraft storage. Maybe they can see if an A380 can land on it without brakes. It is still shorter than the 16,000" runway at DEN.

User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

It'd be cool if it was turned into a public-use airport, I'd love to have that one in my log book... Big grin


Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2708 times:

Quoting AADC10 (Reply 5):
They must intend to use it only for tests and experimanetal flights.

I agree. It won't be used for commercial flights, that wouldn't make sense. It'll be for flights that need a runway that long - aircraft test flights, special projects, etc.


User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2631 times:

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't it a heavily textured runway.
I could have sworn that is is incredibly coarse and that the Shuttle tires must be replaced everyother flight primarily due to the runway (obviously approach speed and angle play a role aswell).

If this is true then obviously we are not talking about commercial flights as that would be incredibly stupid to cut the life of your multithousand dollar tires.


User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2617 times:

Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 8):
Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't it a heavily textured runway.

Yes it is a very aggressively grooved runway. Regular service on it would be prohibitively expensive on tires.


User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2601 times:

Quoting MDorBust (Reply 9):
Yes it is a very aggressively grooved runway.

yeah... I thought I had heard something like that. Was the idea so slow the orbiter down or to provide better traction in wet weather?


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