Welcome to Space Launch Comp…err, Landing Complex 1


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On February 10, 2015 SpaceX signed a 5 year lease with the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s (CCAFS) 45th Space Wing for use of Space Launch Complex-13 (SLC-13) for use as a possible landing site for their Falcon 9, Falcon 9 Heavy segments and possibly in the future, Dragon Spacecraft.  On March 13, 2015 SpaceX posted this image on their Twitter account showing off the brand new sign re-labeling SLC-13 as Landing Complex 1 (CL-1).

According to the diagram of the environmental assessment proposed by Gator Engineering and Aquifer Restoration Inc., it shows the site with a main pad (200 x 200 ft. square) with four auxiliary or contingency pads (150 ft. diameter, round). It is assumed that there will be 12 landings annually and that the infrastructure at the site will be built up to secure the rocket segments and handle and hazardous materials accompanying them. SLC-13 itself sits just south of SLC-14 (they’re not all in numerical order) where John Glenn and Friendship 7 launched as the first American to orbit Earth and where the Mercury 7 monument resides.


As far as Florida goes; in addition to the newly dubbed LC-1, and the current use of Space Launch Complex-40 (SLC-40), SpaceX also has a contract with NASA for use of the legendary Launch Complex-39A (LC-39A) where construction is well under way.

Half way across the country in Texas, construction is also under way at their spaceport on Boca Chica Beach near Brownsville and plans are in the works to expand their McGregor Proving Grounds near Waco from 922 acres to 4,280 acres, adding upwards of 300 local jobs.

Continuing the trip across the country to Vandenberg Air Force Base where SpaceX launches payloads into high inclination and polar orbits from Space Launch Complex-4 Easy (SLC-4E) we now see the company leasing the neighboring pad, Space Launch Complex-4 West (SLC-4W) which they intend to use as a Landing Complex so needless to say SpaceX is operating at full thrust into the future of space travel.

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2 Responses to Welcome to Space Launch Comp…err, Landing Complex 1

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