Saturday, July 2, 2011

Report: SpaceX Expands to CCAFS Industrial Area

Edward Ellegood of The Florida SpaceReport reports that SpaceX will take over the Delta Mission Checkout (DMCO) building in the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) Industrial Area.

Last month, Space Florida's board of directors approved several infrastructure investments at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport. One of those investments was apparently intended to meet SpaceX's need for expansion at the spaceport. With limited room at a Launch Complex 40 building for horizontal processing of Falcon-9 rockets, and scant extra room in the same facility for work on Dragon capsules, SpaceX was looking at excess facilities within the CCAFS Industrial Area nearby. With support from Space Florida and the Air Force 45th Space Wing, SpaceX is now modifying the Delta Mission Checkout (DMCO) facility — which formerly supported Delta-2 rocket processing — for Falcon-9 operations.

Page 155 of the 1996 Delta II Payload Planners Guide has a map showing the location of the DMCO in the Industrial Area.

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