Experts Review Plans for Florida Commercial Launch Complex

FROM SPACE FLORIDA’S MARCH NEWSLETTER

In February, a group of space industry veterans gathered for a preliminary design review of Launch Complex 36. The group, made up of former 45th Space Wing and launch industry managers totaling over 150 years of experience at the Eastern Range, all had previous experience with Launch Complex 36 operations when it was an active Air Force pad.

Also included in the review team was Space Florida Board member Mr. Silas “Sy” Baker, a former vice chair of the Board of Supervisors for Florida Space Authority and a former Lockheed Martin Atlas Program Director.

In addition to reviewing the design plans for the site, the Space Florida Design Team presented an overview of the Commercial Launch Zone (CLZ) concept to the group.

“Several useful recommendations came from this knowledgeable group, which we will incorporate into our final design,” noted Mark Bontrager, vice president of spaceport operations for Space Florida. “For example, it was recommended that we develop alternative launch complex layouts to take into account prevailing winds, more detailed methods of vehicle processing, and even electrical requirements for the different kinds of propellants we might need to accommodate on the pad. We are grateful for their expertise and took away some great ideas.”

The group also made recommendations on how to best utilize new technologies to reduce operations and maintenance costs to the site, while designing for multiple launch vehicle customer capabilities.

The group also made recommendations on how to best utilize new technologies to reduce operations and maintenance costs to the site and make the complex as accommodating to new customers as possible.

Site surveys at LC-36 have already been initiated and are currently examining the present state of the utilities and other infrastructure on the pad. USAF decommissioning and demolition activities are concluded on the original site, and we continue to work closely with the 45th Space Wing as we investigate the current state of electrical, water, sewer, and communications capabilities. Refurbishment and reactivation of the Launch Complex will take place once a final property license is secured from the Air Force.