Parts of a Rocket

Now’s Your Big Chance To Use NASA’s Shuttle Launcher Platforms

Article written: 21 Aug , 2013
Updated: 23 Dec , 2015

If you’ve got a new use for the mobile launcher platforms NASA used for the shuttle program, the agency is all ears.

NASA invited government and commercial entities to submit their ideas for the platforms, which used to ferry the space shuttles and the Apollo rockets from the Vehicle Assembly Building to their launch pads.

Mobile launcher platform

Space shuttle Discovery on board one of the mobile launcher platforms. Credit: NASA

The ideal for NASA is to make them available for commercial launch activity. “Interested parties are requested to provide the following … estimated annual launch manifest, plans for retrofitting, storing, transporting, estimated schedule for acquiring use of the MLP(s), and the length of time the MLP(s) would be required for a particular activity,” the agency stated in a request for information.

Other options for the platforms could include modifying them for use in oil rigs, artificial reefs or even museum exhibits. Deconstruction is also being considered.

Each of the three platforms is two storeys tall, weigh 8.2 million pounds, with a platform of about 160 feet by 135 feet.

Responses are due Sept. 6 and you can check out the RFI here.

5 Responses

  1. ussdrake1968 says

    Since there are three of them use one as a museum piece and allow the public to tour it. Maybe even give short rides since it drives so slow.

  2. Casey O.Cofer says

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  3. Guest says

    Wow. That is a spectacular image of Atlantis. Thanks for posting this.

  4. Member
    Jeffrey Scott Boerst says

    I have an idea: Pit them against each other in the longest, most boring mile long racing events ever… Pay-per-View!

  5. ali poursamar says

    I thought they want to use it for ferrying SLS and orion?

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