Boeing banners, along with mockups of the company's CST-100 capsule, a stage and dozens of folding chairs fill shuttle Discovery's former hangar for this morning's announcement at Kennedy Space Center.
Tiers of access platforms still fill the high bay, framing the space an orbiter used to fill.
The Boeing Co. today is expected to announce its intent to assemble a commercial space capsule in the former shuttle hangar, work that could create 550 jobs on the Space Coast.
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, U.S. Reps. Sandy Adams and Bill Posey and Gov. Rick Scott are among the dignitaries expected to attend the 10 a.m. event at Orbiter Processing Facility-3.
The company e-mailed invites to VIP guests Tuesday promising "a milestone commercial space event."
A NASA press release followed Friday about a "major announcement" that would "open NASA's facilities to U.S. commercial space launch service providers, create jobs and help American companies regain leadership in the global space economy."
Boeing is developing the seven-person CST-100 capsule under NASA's Commercial Crew Development program, which has awarded the company about $131 million through two rounds.
The program aims to develop commercial systems able to taxi astronauts to and from the International Space Station by late 2016. Four private spacecraft are in development.
Follow the 10 a.m. announcement live on NASA TV and look for updates here in the Flame Trench.