Kennedy Space Center releases new plans including space shuttle display
A peak into the future of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Visitor Complex officials hope to be selected by NASA to display a retired space shuttle orbiter. This initial concept design for a new orbiter exhibit showcases the space shuttle as it appears "in flight." (Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, PR Newswire)
The 10-year-master plan for the complex that highlights interaction with visitors has been awarded to PGAV Destinations, a design group that has worked with SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Niagara Falls and several other travel destinations across the nation. The master plan's main attraction will be a $100 million exhibit displaying either the Discovery, Atlantis or Endeavour, although the final destination for those three orbiters has yet to be officially determined.
"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 initial concept calls for a 64,000-square-foot display that would show the orbiter in flight, and how it was used while in space. In addition to the shuttle, interactive displays will highlight two of the shuttle era's major accomplishments – the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.
Overall, the master plan calls for up to 10 themed areas at the complex as well as improved visitor amenities. The plan is funded through visitor admission, food and retail sales.
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