Friday, December 31, 2010

Where SpaceX Lights the Candle

The SpaceX Launch Control Center is just outside the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station south gate on Highway 401 just north of Port Canaveral. It's in the Space Florida complex that began life in the 1960s as a graduate engineering program annex for the University of Florida. In the 1970s, it became the first home for the Florida Solar Energy Center.

The three occupants today are Space Florida, SpaceX and the Air Force Space & Missile Museum's History Center where I volunteer as a docent.

The SpaceX building rarely has substantive activity, except when they're approaching a launch date, so it's a very modest facility and indicative of how the company intends to show that commercial launches can be achieved more cheaply than now.

Below are photos I shot today of the SpaceX building and the approach from the highway.

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