Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Busy Launch Year at Cape Canaveral

The third launch of the U.S. Air Force X-37B is scheduled for October. Image source:

Florida Today reports it will be a busy launch year at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Citing a busy 2012 launch schedule, the director of Florida’s storied rocket range said Tuesday that’s proof there is life after NASA’s shuttle program.

“We are alive and well, and we are in business here in Central Florida,” said Brig. Gen. Anthony Cotton, commander of the Air Force 45th Space Wing and director of the Eastern Range, the nation’s prime rocket-launching region.

A dozen launches are scheduled from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the coming months, including missions that are critical to the International Space Station as well as U.S. troops operating in theaters around the world.

“So folks, we are busy,” Cotton told members of the National Space Club Florida Committee at a luncheon in Cape Canaveral. “With the exception of the month of March, there is something going on at the Cape throughout the year.”

The article details the anticipated launch manifest.

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