Shuttle Landing Facility

Shuttle Landing Facility


Shuttle Landing Facility

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The Shuttle Landing Facility is an airport located on Merritt Island in Brevard County, Florida, USA. It is a part of the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), and was used by NASA's Space Shuttle for landing until the program's end in 2011, as well as for takeoffs and landings for NASA training jets and civilian aircraft, such as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.


The Shuttle Landing Facility covers and has a single runway, 15/33. It is one of the longest runways in the world, at , and is wide. The Mate-Demate Device (MDD), for use when the shuttle is transported by the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, is located just off the runway.

The runway is designated runway 15, or 33, depending on the direction of use. The runway surface consists of an extremely high-friction concrete strip designed to maximize the braking ability of the Space Shuttle at its high landing speed, with a paving thickness of at the center. The original groove design was found to actually provide too much friction for the rubber used in the Shuttle's tires, causing failures during several...
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