Restricted Airspace Briefing, New Control Tower Dedication July 8

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George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla. 
(Phone: 321/867-2468)



NASA will hold a briefing at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at 9 a.m. 
Friday, July 8, on the restricted airspace over East Central Florida 
for the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. Immediately following the 
briefing at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), there will be a 
dedication ceremony for the new NASA Air Traffic Control Tower at 

The briefing will take place in the SLF's new media facilities, which 
were built for the Return to Flight mission, known as STS-114, and 
the landing of Shuttle Discovery. The facilities are co-located with 
the new control tower. The dedication and ribbon cutting will be held 
at the base of the tower and media will then be given an inside tour.

The structure rises 110 feet over the midpoint of the runway and 
offers air traffic controllers a magnificent 360-degree view of 
Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and north 
Brevard County. It replaces the small, portable tower installed at 
the edge of the runway in 1986. The new control tower will manage all 
landings and departures from the SLF, including air traffic within 
the Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral restricted airspace.

The facility includes a 24-hour weather-observing facility providing 
official hourly weather observations for the SLF and the Cape 
Canaveral vicinity, including special observations for all launches 
and landings. State-of-the-art, weather-observing equipment has been 
installed for Space Shuttle landings and for serving conventional 
aircraft landing at the SLF. At this location, weather observers will 
have a multi-directional view of the weather conditions at the runway 
and Launch Complex 39.

Tower personnel can also control all SLF runway ground traffic, runway 
lighting, navigational aids and gate access, and monitor current 
runway weather conditions. The new SLF Media Operations Facility for 
press operations and invited guest activities is located on the 
ground level of the new tower facility.

Media wishing to attend these events should be at the NASA News Center 
at KSC at 9 a.m. to be transported by bus to the SLF. Mission STS-114 
media badges will be in effect. The event is expected to conclude at 
approximately 11 a.m.


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