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MELBOURNE, Fla. -- A historic Kennedy Space Center launch pad is poised to become a Falcon's nest.
NASA said Friday it had selected SpaceX, the operator of Falcon 9 rockets, to take over launch pad 39A, a mothballed former Apollo and space shuttle pad that the agency no longer needs and can't afford to maintain.
SpaceX, of Hawthorne, Calif., has contracts to launch cargo to the International Space Station and numerous commercial satellites, and is competing to launch NASA astronauts as well as high-value national security and science satellites.
NASA made the decision immediately after the U.S. Government Accountability Office's rejection on Thursday of a bid protest filed by Blue Origin, which had put the selection process on hold.