Launch Complex 48
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A render of Launch Complex 48
LocationKennedy Space Center
Short nameLC-48
OperatorNASA
Exploration Ground Systems

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.[1] 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.[2] With another pad constructed, LC-48 could support up to 104 launches per year, though actual usage is expected to be fall well below that.[1]

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.[3]

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Citations

  1. ^ a b Kelly, Emre (14 June 2019). "Meet Launch Complex 48, NASA's new small rocket pad at Kennedy Space Center". Florida Today. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  2. ^ Draft Environmental Assessment for Launch Complex 48, 2019, pp. ii-iii, Proposed Action.
  3. ^ Draft Environmental Assessment for Launch Complex 48, 2019, p. 4.

Sources

  • Draft Environmental Assessment for Launch Complex 48 (PDF). NASA. 19 February 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.

External links

  • Exploration Ground Systems website at NASA.gov
  • Kennedy Space Center Master Plan at KSC.NASA.gov
  • Spaceport Development – Space Florida at SpaceFlorida.gov