Progress on modifications to Firing Room 4 in the Launch Control Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida can be viewed through one of two glass-enclosed observation rooms. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program is overseeing efforts to create a new firing room based on a multi-user concept that will support NASA and commercial launch needs. The main floor consoles, cabling and wires below the floor and ceiling tiles above have been removed. Sub flooring has been installed and the room is marked off to create four separate rooms on the main floor. In view along the soffit are space shuttle launch plaques for 21 missions launched from Firing Room 4.
The design of Firing Room 4 will incorporate five control room areas that are flexible to meet current and future NASA and commercial user requirements. The equipment and most of the consoles from Firing Room 4 were moved to Firing Room 2 for possible future reuse. Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky