Launch site wish: Space Florida aims to secure Minotaur job
Space Florida has given the Air Force a proposal to launch small payloads from Launch Complex 46, the easternmost launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Development Center, Space and Missile Test Wing, last month issued a request for launch proposals from four spaceports: Cape Canaveral, Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska; Wallops Island, Va.; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Under the request, a military contractor would launch payloads, possibly small spy satellites, into low Earth orbit using the Minotaur class solid motor rocket, which is built from decommissioned
Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.
“It doesn’t include a whole lot of detail regarding the satellites,” Space Florida vice president of spaceport operations Mark Bontrager said. However, the proposal could lead to launch contracts that would bring jobs to the Cape.
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