A render of Launch Complex 48
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Launch Complex 48 (LC-48) is a multi-user launch site under construction for small launchers and spacecraft. It will be located south of Launch Complex 39A and north of Space Launch Complex 41. LC-48 will be constructed as a "clean pad" to support multiple launch systems with differing propellant needs. While initially only planned to have a single pad, the complex is capable of being expanded to two at a later date. With another pad constructed, LC-48 could support up to 104 launches per year, though actual usage is expected to be well below that.
NASA had previously constructed LC-39C within the bounds of LC-39B with the purpose of serving small launchers, but the operational constraints of sharing the site on a non-interference basis with both the Space Launch System and OmegA launch vehicles, along with greater interest by commercial parties than originally anticipated, led NASA to pursue the construction of a dedicated launch site for this class of vehicles.
The location of the Launch Complex 48 site
A render of the two-pad LC-48
A composite photo of a two-pad LC-48
From another angle
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