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Launch Complex 40

Active Space Launch Complex (SLC-40)
Space Launch Complex 40 Systems

Other Programs

  • SKYNET
  • JCSAT
  • INTELSAT
  • DSCS
  • Cassini
  • Milstar
  • SDS
  • Classified military programs
  • Dragon

Cost: Not available

Launch Complex Highlights

  • 18 June 1965 to 6 March 1982 - Total of 26 Titan IIIC launched
  • October 1965 - Akwa-Downey Construction Co. began building the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) Environmental Shelter
  • 3 October 1966 - Modified Gemini capsule by McDonnell Aircraft Co. delivered to Environmental Shelter to perform a heat shield test for the MOL program
  • 3 November 1966 - Sole Titan IIIC MOL/Gemini mockup launch
  • April 1970 - The Environmental Shelter modified to accept new Titan payload fairing and support Titan IIIC launch operations when flights continued
  • 8 April 1970 to 6 March 1982 - Total of 23 Titan IIIC launched with mainly DOD payloads - VELA, DSP, DSCS and classified DOD payloads
  • Pad modified for the first Titan 34D/IUS (Inertial Upper Stage)
  • 30 October 1982 to 4 September 1989 - Total of 8 Titan 34D IUS launched
  • 1 January 1990 to 25 September 1992 - Four commercial Titan IIIC launched
  • June 1990 to June 1993 - Launch complex almost completely rebuilt for Titan IVA. Project included a new Mobile Service Tower (MST), new umbilical tower (UT) and supporting systems. The MST was 265' tall and the UT was 170' tall.
  • Fall 1991 - Ubilical Tower completed
  • April 1992 - Mobile Service Tower completed
  •  7 February 1994 to 22 December 1994 - Total of 5 Titan IVA launched
  • 23 February 1997 to 30 April 2005 - Total of 5 Titan IVB launched
  • Pad then placed in standby status. Could have been used for the NASA Ares program
  • 27 April 2008 - Mobile Service Tower demolished
  • 2008 - Launch complex was modified for the SpaceX Falcon 9 program. Modifications include a large hangar on the pad to work on the Falcon, new launch mount, mobile Transporter/Erector system and support equipment
  • 4 June 2010 - First Falcon 9 launch, a test of the booster
  • 8 December 2010 - Falcon 9 NASA COTS-Demo with Dragon payload, released into space and successfully recovered in the Pacific Ocean after two orbits
  • 22 May 2012 - Falcon 9, NASA COTS 2 Dragon launched followed by berthing with International Space Station (ISS)
  • 2 December 2013 - Upgraded Falcon 9 with first geostationary payload scheduled
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Integrate-Transfer-Launch (ITL) Complex

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