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Old 13-07-18, 02:06   #1
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Unhappy Cape Canaveral Complex 17 Launch Site Demolished

Sad to see it go.

A lot of historic space launches were done from that site including the Mars Mission.

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Located near the southern perimeter of the sprawling Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Complex 17 is one of the Florida spaceport’s oldest launch pads, where 325 Thor and Delta boosters departed on missile tests and satellite deliveries from 1957 through 2011.

But the Delta 2 rocket which once launched from Complex 17 is nearing retirement. The Delta 2 last flew from Cape Canaveral on Sept. 10, 2011, with a pair of science probes to study the moon’s gravity field, and just one more Delta 2 launcher is left to fly in September from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Built more than six decades ago at the dawn of Space Age, the twin launch pads at Complex 17 — known as pads 17A and 17B — hosted the launch of 48 Global Positioning Navigation satellites, propelling the space-based network from a military-only program to an everyday public utility.
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Old 13-07-18, 03:22   #2
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Ah, that's too bad

Maybe they'll replace it with something better though! I'd imagine space equipment needs some heavy-duty updating from time to time
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Old 13-07-18, 20:35   #3
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True enough, through the issue with this launch site was the lack of necessary funds to keep it going as a monument. Most of it will be converted into public space (probably a park.) The remaining Area will be used as part of Complex 17.
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Old 16-07-18, 01:38   #4
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I always think it's wrong to switch space programs to commercial companies.
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Old 16-07-18, 12:22   #5
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I always think it's wrong to switch space programs to commercial companies.
There isn't a huge amount of support for NASA in the USA these days. Your Chinese comrades will probably land on the moon before we do again.

All we ever do now is send out probes every so often. They can't even get that big new telescope up, it's been delayed again and again.
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