SHUTTLE LANDING FACILITY
The Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, is one of the largest runways in the world. It consists of one landing strip 15,000 feet long and 300 feet wide which is much larger than those at commercial airports. It was designed for Space Shuttle orbiters like Atlantis to return safely to Earth.
This facility has been the focus of millions around the world as NASA’s famous space shuttles returned to Earth and touched down. Additionally, facility has been used for ZERO-G’s weightless flights, record-setting attempts by the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer and even NASCAR teams for vehicle testing. Now operated as a commercial spaceport, the SLF will soon be bustling with an exciting group of new users and spacecraft, including Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser orbital spaceplane, XCOR’s suborbital spaceship the Lynx, and Swiss Space Systems’ parabolic and suborbital flights. These companies will soon provide the opportunity for space tourists to launch their journey to space from Florida.