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Offline harrystranger

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #20 on: 06/03/2020 03:14 am »
An image of LC-48 taken from the ISS as it passed over minutes before the DM-2 launch!

Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #21 on: 06/10/2020 01:53 pm »
From what i've found LC-48 has been referenced as far back as 2017. Can anyone confirm that or has it been in planning for a lot longer than that?

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #22 on: 06/10/2020 02:06 pm »
I'll keep the updates coming  :)
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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #23 on: 06/10/2020 02:13 pm »
From what i've found LC-48 has been referenced as far back as 2017. Can anyone confirm that or has it been in planning for a lot longer than that?
SLC-48 has been planned since 2016 when the decision was made to not use Pad-39C.  It took a couple of years to get the funding, conduct the environmental impact study, and develop the design requirements.  A contractor was hired and design began in 2018.

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #24 on: 06/10/2020 05:59 pm »
Found this rendering of what the site would look like after Phase 2 from the draft EIS from another angle

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #25 on: 07/10/2020 07:40 am »
An image from Sentinel-2 taken @ 2020-07-07 16:15:27 UTC.
Comparison GIF below  :)

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #27 on: 09/08/2020 08:03 am »
Google Earth Pro has updated their imagery, taken on 2020-02-02

You can download Google Earth Pro here: https://www.google.com/earth/versions/#earth-pro

Second image is the most recent from Sentinel-2  :)
« Last Edit: 09/08/2020 08:04 am by harrystranger »

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #28 on: 09/08/2020 04:37 pm »
Are they still going ahead with this launch complex now that the XS-1 has been cancelled?

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #29 on: 09/08/2020 04:53 pm »
Are they still going ahead with this launch complex now that the XS-1 has been cancelled?

Yes, as it's a multi-user complex, currently at least iRocket plans to use it

http://irocketusa.com/fully-reusable-autonomous-small-rockets-flight-ready-in-under-24-hours/
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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #30 on: 12/14/2020 08:15 pm »
Looks like construction is finished.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/kennedy-s-newest-launch-complex-ready-to-serve-smaller-class-of-rockets




Dec. 11, 2020
Kennedy’s Newest Launch Complex Ready to Serve Smaller Class of Rockets

By Anna Heiney
NASA's Kennedy Space Center


Launch Complex 48 expands the scope of the agency’s premier multi-user spaceport by creating a dedicated launch site to accommodate launchers generating 500,000 pounds of thrust or less.

“Launch Complex 48 fills a need for new, low-cost launch systems with very fast turnaround cycles,” said Keith Britton, a senior project manager in Kennedy’s engineering directorate. “The site was built as a ‘blue-sky’ concept – companies can come in and work as they please.”

The 10-acre complex is located about a mile south of Kennedy’s historic Launch Complex 39A, a relatively isolated area where activities are less likely to disrupt operations at other launch sites. The concrete pad measures 42 by 54 feet and is 4 feet thick. The site offers access from Cape Road, the main roadway connecting the oceanside launch complexes. It includes the pad itself, an area where customers may stage fuel tankers or other commodities, and a basin to capture sound suppression water, if needed.

“This complex creates a significant savings for companies,” said Tom Engler, director of Kennedy Center Planning and Development. “They are looking for that clean pad concept, not having to develop the infrastructure we have developed.”

The site’s flexibility also means multiple commercial launch service providers and commercial research and development efforts can conduct testing and launch operations. Each customer can truck in the power, water, support equipment, and communications resources their vehicle requires, then depart with it, leaving behind a clear pad for the next user.

“Other launch pads are unique pads for unique rockets,” Britton said. “Complex 48 is different – it allows any commercial provider to have a dedicated space. The infrastructure is there for them to launch at a single point, and it offers a huge decrease in turnaround time.”

The project was created in 2017, and the design was completed in May 2019. Construction began in November 2019 but was delayed in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Work resumed in June, and construction was completed in October.

“This is the first truly new launch pad built at Kennedy since the 1960s,” Britton said.

Companies are getting ready to take advantage of this new capability.

“A number of folks have come to us about Launch Complex 48 who aren’t in a position to use it just yet, but are getting close,” Engler said. “We’re continuing those discussions. My expectation is that during the 2021 timeframe, we will start to see companies launch from 48.”
« Last Edit: 12/14/2020 08:16 pm by PM3 »
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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #31 on: 12/15/2020 08:48 am »
I thought I'd share a timelapse of construction from Sentinel-2  :)
(3.61 MB. Shared as an MP4 as GIFs can be unreliable)


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Launch Complex 48
« Reply #33 on: 09/01/2021 01:15 pm »
NASA Kennedy Space Center’s newest launch complex – Launch Complex 48 – is a dedicated site for small-class launch vehicles. The complex offers a “clean pad” concept, allowing companies to bring in their own resources and commodities for launch and, in turn, reducing their investment in launch pad infrastructure.
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Re: Launch Complex 48
« Reply #34 on: 09/01/2021 03:13 pm »
Sounds like a good spot for Astra once they add an FTS.

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Re: Launch Complex 48
« Reply #35 on: 09/01/2021 03:47 pm »
iRocket and ABL Space Systems have expressed interest in LC-48 as well. The former is a little odd, since they don't emphasize "fully containerized/mobile launch system" the way that Astra and ABL do, but I guess the animation on their website does show the whole transporter-erector being towed behind a pickup truck, which perhaps suggests a drive-anywhere mentality.

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #36 on: 02/10/2023 05:53 pm »
NASA has issued an RFI today regarding use of LC-48 (solicitation RFI-KSC-LC48-2023)

https://sam.gov/opp/6eebe77827bb490cb0a130d635cb2664/view

Introductory section begins as follows:

Title:

Request for Information – Concepts for Operation and Utilization of Launch Complex 48 (LC-48); includes North and South sites located on the complex

Description(s):

[…]

This Request for Information (RFI) concerns Launch Complex 48 (LC-48), which NASA developed to support and encourage growth of the emerging small class launch vehicle industry and the small satellite industry.  LC-48 is situated between Launch Complexes 39A and 41.  It is divided into two approximately equal areas: a 10.85 acre developed launch pad to the north and an approximately 11-acre undeveloped parcel to the south that can accommodate a similarly sized launch pad.  LC-48 is accessible only through KSC’s secured perimeter.  Accordingly, NASA procedures and policies regarding badging, background investigation requirements, foreign national access, and unescorted access to controlled areas apply.

LC-48 North – This site is capable of supporting vehicles with a maximum gross liftoff weight of 300,000 pounds, a maximum of 500,000 pounds of vehicle thrust, and a maximum Net Explosive Weight of 30,000 pounds.  If additional Net Explosive Weight for a particular proposed launch vehicle could exceed 30,000 pounds, additional analysis would be required to determine if the vehicle could safely launch from LC48.  It can be used for launch or testing operations.  NASA designed LC-48 as a “clean pad” offering approximately 30,000 square feet of paved area available for the launch system, ground support equipment and separated areas for fuel and oxidizer placement.  NASA envisioned launch service providers would transport, configure, and remove their equipment upon completion of activities.

LC-48 South – This parcel is vacant, undeveloped land that could support launch operations for an additional small class launch vehicle, provided that it meets similar weight and thrust constraints identified for LC-48 North to avoid exceeding Quantity-Distance (QD) limits that could impact nearby operations. 

Purpose of this RFI

The purpose of this RFI is to obtain information on the following:

  1. Launch site operator interest in, and concepts for managing, LC-48 and

  2. Infrastructure requirements for launch service providers to perform operations at LC-48.
      LC-48 can accommodate multiple users performing concurrent activities, and LC-48 North
      must be operated as a multiuser launch site.

[copy of RFI attached]

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #37 on: 02/17/2023 09:36 pm »
It is known when suppliers will be able to start using the facilities if this goes ahead?. Satellite imagery from this week shows that work has not yet started on the second launch pad.
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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #38 on: 02/18/2023 04:25 am »
NASA designed LC-48 as a “clean pad” offering approximately 30,000 square feet of paved area available for the launch system,


It is very clean.   Not even utilities.  They are just concreted acreage and nothing more.   
A silly idea.   Much like 39C.   And how much use has that got.

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Re: Launch Complex-48
« Reply #39 on: 02/18/2023 07:09 am »
NASA designed LC-48 as a “clean pad” offering approximately 30,000 square feet of paved area available for the launch system,


It is very clean.   Not even utilities.  They are just concreted acreage and nothing more.   
A silly idea.   Much like 39C.   And how much use has that got.

LC48 is nothing more than a repeat of LC39C built outside the fence surrounding LC39B so that the small-launch vehicles launched from that location would not have to compete with the launches scheduled for LC39B.

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