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Expansion plan to add “space” to Huntsville Space Camp

Pat Duggins

The Boeing Company is helping to lead a $15 million dollar expansion for Huntsville's Space Camp. The airplane and aerospace business is making a $3.5 million dollar donation toward the project at the state-run U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the more than 40,000-square-foot building. It will include a 1,000-seat auditorium, 10 classrooms, laboratories and a permanent home for U.S. Cyber Camp. That’s a facility which focuses on computer technology. Other companies and individuals made additional donations, and the state provided an economic development grant for construction. The coronavirus pandemic delayed the project, which already is underway and is set to open in March 2023.

Boeing is the lead contractor for NASA’s new “Starliner” spacecraft, which is supposed to join the “Crew Dragon capsule, built by the private SpaceX Company and currently flying to the International Space Station. Launch delays for the new gumdrop shaped Starliner, prompted astronaut to reassign two astronauts from the vehicle’s first crew. They’ll fly aboard a planned SpaceX “Crew Dragon” mission instead.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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