Arrival and Receiving

Your payload and attendant ground support equipment (GSE) can be delivered to KSC via air, sea, or land. In addition to major highways and an on-site rail spur, barge docks are located on the Banana River, and there is an international seaport of entry at Port Canaveral. Foreign and domestic shipments may be flown into the Orlando International Airport, about 1 hour from KSC by road. US Customs Service can be provided at KSC or the CCAFS landing facilities, if arrangements are made in advance. Transportation to a PPF is the responsibility of the payload owner.

The processing flow begins when your payload and GSE arrive at one of the existing PPFs. The first step is receiving and inspection. The initial inspection is intended to identify any visible shipping damage. Responsibility for detailed inspection rests with the payload owner when equipment is unpacked in the designated area in the PPF.

Preparation of Vertically Processed payloads for Flight
  1. Arrival and Receiving
  2. Payload Preparation
  3. Payload Hazardous Processing
  4. Upper Stage Processing (OMV, IUS, TOS, PAM)
  5. Payload Integration & CITE Testing
  6. Orbiter Operations
  7. VPF-to-Pad Operations
  8. RSS & PCR Operations
  9. Orbiter Intergration
  10. Launch & Mission
  11. Postlanding Operations

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