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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #1 on: 06/14/2019 09:03 pm »
Why are they building a new pad for small rockets? They already have 39c and 46.

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #2 on: 06/14/2019 09:19 pm »
The article states no services from NASA. You tote in your vehicle, control systems, fuel, oxidizer, ect. The other sites offer services (if memory serves).

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #3 on: 06/14/2019 09:50 pm »
Why are they building a new pad for small rockets? They already have 39c and 46.

Moreover, most of the smallsat launch providers that are building orbital rockets expected to launch from Florida have already been leased launch pads:

LC-16 will be used by Relativity Space's Terran-1.
LC-20 will be used by Firefly.
LC-46 will be used by Vector.

And Electron already has an east coast pad. So who's going off LC-48?
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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #4 on: 06/14/2019 11:58 pm »
Why are they building a new pad for small rockets? They already have 39c and 46.

Moreover, most of the smallsat launch providers that are building orbital rockets expected to launch from Florida have already been leased launch pads:

LC-16 will be used by Relativity Space's Terran-1.
LC-20 will be used by Firefly.
LC-46 will be used by Vector.

And Electron already has an east coast pad. So who's going off LC-48?
46 and 48 are multiple user pads capable of solid and liquid launchers and supports the same thrust classes. 46 will become unavailable at times when GBSD candidate out of silo testing (ie above ground, mobile and railcar canister and non canister testing) and D5LE
Next generation SLBMreplacement programmes start.

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #5 on: 06/15/2019 01:42 am »
Some photos from the article. Expected completion by the end of the year.
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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #6 on: 07/03/2019 03:35 pm »
Seems like this could be useful for vehicles like the EXOS Jaguar once/if they get that flying--they mentioned during their live-stream of the Sarge 3 launch that their orbital vehicle is currently conceived of as having road-mobile launch support systems which would go well with a site that provides a launch site, but no services.

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #7 on: 07/18/2019 07:10 pm »
Found an article from Aug. 2018 saying LC-48 is for Boeing's Phantom Express (XS-1).

https://www.floridatoday.com/story/tech/science/space/2018/08/05/space-florida-proposes-launch-landing-pads-ksc/896648002/
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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #8 on: 01/07/2020 07:35 am »
Do we know if this is going to use much of the same processing flow envisioned for LC-39C? (i.e: use of the VAB low bay?)
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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #9 on: 01/07/2020 08:09 am »
Also, I found these two renders of Phantom Express at LC-48 within the draft EIS.

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #10 on: 01/08/2020 12:12 am »
I've created a Wikipedia page for LC-48 if anyone would like to contribute.

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #11 on: 01/22/2020 07:27 pm »
Welp, there goes LC-48's most likely user.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1220075858150481922

Unless NASA is able to convince someone else to replace them as a (likely) tenant of LC-48, I wouldn't expect to see it get built.

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #12 on: 01/23/2020 11:41 pm »
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Unless NASA is able to convince someone else to replace them as a (likely) tenant of LC-48, I wouldn't expect to see it get built.

Maybe Astra?

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #13 on: 03/27/2020 12:41 pm »

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #14 on: 03/28/2020 05:07 pm »
LC-48 under construction  ;)
https://twitter.com/HarryStrangerPG/status/1243531266835640323?s

And reviewing the Sentinel 2 IR data, looks like construction began between 27-30 November 2019
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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #15 on: 03/28/2020 10:54 pm »
LC-48 under construction  ;)
https://twitter.com/HarryStrangerPG/status/1243531266835640323?s

And reviewing the Sentinel 2 IR data, looks like construction began between 27-30 November 2019
A quick animation of construction

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #16 on: 03/28/2020 11:25 pm »
Racing ahead with construction on a pad for a canceled launch vehicle.  Go figure.

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #17 on: 03/29/2020 04:48 am »
Unless NASA is able to convince someone else to replace them as a (likely) tenant of LC-48, I wouldn't expect to see it get built.
As noted above, construction is proceeding.
Is there a new tenant lined up?
Or is there a business case for completing the pad on the chance of gaining a new tenant?
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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #18 on: 03/29/2020 05:28 am »
Unless NASA is able to convince someone else to replace them as a (likely) tenant of LC-48, I wouldn't expect to see it get built.
As noted above, construction is proceeding.
Is there a new tenant lined up?
Or is there a business case for completing the pad on the chance of gaining a new tenant?
It is a multiple customer clean pad complex. All components are to be portable like Astra which could use this and other complexes. It has also been suggested by OSP-4 that it could be used for mobile sounding rockets like at WFF and elsewhere.

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Re: Launch Complex-48
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