Boeing and the Spaceport Florida
Authority today announced plans to bring the X-37 reusable spaceplane
technology program to the Cape Canaveral Spaceport beginning in 2003.
Pending the finalization of agreements, Boeing plans to use the Spaceport
Authority’s infrastructure at Launch Complex 20, including a launch pad
for engine tests, a Horizontal Processing Facility for vehicle
processing, and a blockhouse control center.

“Boeing needed the best facilities at the lowest cost for X-37,
and the Spaceport Florida Authority has developed exactly what they
need,” said Governor Jeb Bush. “This confirms that Florida remains the
site of choice for next-generation space launch programs.”

Boeing is developing X-37 for NASA to demonstrate advanced space
transportation technologies aimed at reducing the cost of access to
space. X-37 is 27.5 feet long, with a 15-foot wingspan and total weight
of about six tons. The vehicle includes an experiment bay measuring
seven feet in length with a four foot diameter. NASA plans to launch the
X-37 atop an expendable rocket in 2004 from the Cape Canaveral Spaceport.
After operations in orbit, the unmanned craft would return to Earth for

The Spaceport Authority was established by Florida’s governor and
legislature to support the retention, expansion and diversification of
the state’s space-related industry. Empowered as a transportation
authority, the Spaceport Authority financed, owns or operates several
launch support facilities at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport and elsewhere
in the state, including three launch complexes, a hangar for reusable
launch vehicles, a launch control center, a launch vehicle integration
facility, a rocket motor storage facility, and other multi-user