C3PF - COMMERCIAL CARGO AND CREW PROCESSING FACILITYKennedy Space Center, Florida
A PIECE OF HISTORY RECEIVES A NEW MISSION
Space Florida and The Boeing Company
Alernative Delivery Services
Helping to breathe new life into the facilities that once supported the decades long Space Shuttle program, we’re repurposing some of the most iconic and well known buildings across NASA’s facility portfolio.
As the Shuttle program came to a close over the past few years, and after a series of new plans formulated to focus on the commercial realm of space access, our aerospace team has transformed the former Orbiter Processing Facility 3 (OPF-3) into the new Commercial Crew & Cargo Processing Facility (C3PF). The OPF-3 was formerly a central part of helping to get the Shuttle off the ground. It’s where the Shuttle main engine was processed before lift-off for the past thirty years. Built in 1984, this thirty-year old facility was prime for a new mission.
The C3PF underwent an extensive, multi-phase retrofit to reconfigure it into the first manufacturing plant ever built for human spacecraft in Florida. It is now home to Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST-100) space capsule, Starliner. The spacecraft, a modern vehicle adapted with upgrades found in some of Boeing’s newer commercial aircraft, is expected to launch humans and cargo to the International Space Station by 2018.