# How far is Cape Canaveral from Kennedy Space Center, administratively and programmatically-wise?

Answers to a similar-sounding question What is the difference between Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center? deal mostly with history and geography.

In the question Which has been the most gregarious rocket, launched from the most sites? I said

For the purposes of this question, allow for some flexibility; adding an extra side booster doesn't necessarily make it a different rocket. Two launch adjacent launch pads don't count as different sites, but Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and KSC would be different.

because I perceive these two areas as different administratively and programmatically. In this comment I clarified that:

I'm using something like $$d_{tot}=d_t+d_{ap}$$ where $$d$$ stands for distance measured in "difficulty" units. There is both transportation difficulty or $$d_t$$ which measures how hard and far it would be to change your mind and move a rocket from one site to the other, and ($$d_{ap}$$) administrative and programatic difficulty which is sort-of self explanatory and redundant. Looking at ...difference between Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center? it sounds like it wouldn't be so easy to change your mind at the last minute and move between sites.

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the launch facilities at the Kennedy Space Center are close physically. Google Maps says it's a 2 minute drive, but that's probably without a rocket in tow, and for some strange reason Google Street View won't let me "drive" to the Air Force's launch pads at the cape.

Question: But in terms of administrative difficulty, approval procedures, security, dedicated personnel, additional support buildings and other things, how far away is a launching at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station from launching at KSC in months (or years), dollars and additional head-count?

Is there a significant difference, or is my perception incorrect?

• Security-wise, you got badged for both at the same office (your badge had a list of the specific areas you could access printed on it). As far as the rest - it's a different world now, no idea. – Organic Marble Nov 8 '18 at 12:38
• @OrganicMarble likely you didn't have a ready-to-launch rocket under your arm at the time. I wonder if SpaceX needed to jump through some hoops in order to be qualified to launch there? – uhoh Nov 8 '18 at 14:03
• The historical answers provide the key. Many, many installations have grown from a small initial military site, into something different over time either as they expanded are were stood down from a cold-war footing. Muroc to Edwards AFB, Ellington AFB to Airfield. Cape Canaveral/KSC is no different. Politicians and Agencies have a tendency to want to rename things to either take credit or provide a name with historical significance. I'm not sure you can do much better than Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 – David C. Rankin Feb 25 '20 at 4:57
• One would think that with the end of the Cold War, the borders between military and civilian have loosened... – SF. Feb 25 '20 at 10:53
• @SF. If anything I’d expect the opposite. Military/civilian cooperation was much more informal then than it is today. I don’t imagine NASA could get the pacific fleet to cancel their holiday leave with 4 months notice on the strength of one presentation to an Admiral, as they did for Apollo 8, these days. – Russell Borogove Feb 25 '20 at 20:38