Launch Credit Union re-opens KSC Branch

MERRITT ISLAND, FL (August 8, 2022) — Launch Credit Union re-opened its Multi Function Facility (MFF) branch at Kennedy Space Center on August 2nd after a long-awaited remodel. The MFF Branch sits adjacent to NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and serves employees at KSC.

Many KSC employees visited the branch during their breaks throughout the day to enjoy complimentary food, drinks, giveaways and to enter prize drawings. NASA’s KSC Center Director Janet Petro was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and to help welcome Launch CU back to the MFF.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Launch CU’s CFO Kevin LeBeau recalled a story from the original days at KSC. “Back before the MFF branch was opened at KSC, the credit union operated in a small room the size of a large closet at the Launch Control Center (LCC). Back then tellers would start their day by picking up their money at the Headquarters’ Office, then get on a bus and go to work at the LCC, then ride the bus back with their cash drawers on their laps. One day a teller dropped her teller drawer on the bus and all the KSC employees on the bus helped her pick up her change. Thanks to their help, she balanced to the penny that day, every cent was still there.”

Launch CU’s Erika Coppen manages all three KSC branches, and shared that she is happy to have MFF back open. “We are thrilled to be back in business again here at the MFF and helping our KSC employees with their financial needs. Between the remodel and COVID, we have missed serving our members here. But now that we are re-opened, our members are finding out that we have even more financial products and services to fit their needs. They are very happy and so are we.”

Launch Credit Union is the only financial institution on the property of Kennedy Space Center. Launch also has a branch in the Central Campus building on NASA Causeway, and a branch located at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Pictured from left to right:
Kelly Haskins (in black): Launch CU VP Marketing
Dustin Gothard: Launch CU S. Daytona Branch Manager
Tammy Honaker: Launch CU VP Branch Operations
Chuck Jenkins: Launch CU Board Director
Debra Ling: Launch CU Assistant Branch Manager MFF/CC/CCSFS
Pam Peterson: Launch CU Member Services Representative
Janet Petro: KSC Center Director
Deby Brooks: Launch CU Member Services Representative
Erika Coppen: Launch CU Branch Manager MFF/CC/CCSFS
Kevin LeBeau: Launch CU CFO
Kyle Sanders: Launch CU VP Branch Operations
Trisha Erff : Launch CU Assistant Branch Manager
Michelle Balongue: Launch CU Titusville U.S. 1 Branch Manager

About Launch Credit Union

Established in 1963, Launch Credit Union is a full service credit union, with seventeen branches located in Brevard and Volusia counties.  Launch CU has $1.4 Billion in assets with 80,000 members.  Membership is open to all who live, work, worship or attend school in Brevard, Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Flagler or Osceola.  Launch CU is CDFI certified and named as Best Regional Credit Unions 2024 by Newsweek and Plant-A Insights Group.  Launch CU is dedicated to building a culture of belonging.    For more information about Launch Credit Union, please visit or call (321) 455-9400.


Kelly Haskins
VP Marketing
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