Sunday, September 4, 2016

Going Up, Part 11

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It's been about six months since my last photography run outside the perimeter of Kennedy Space Center's Pad 39A, where SpaceX is remodelling the pad for its Falcon Heavy launch vehicle.

Given the events of September 1, the status of the pad upgrade has a new urgency.

An update issued September 2 by SpaceX stated:

Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base is in the final stages of an operational upgrade and Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center remains on schedule to be operational in November. Both pads are capable of supporting Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches. We are confident the two launch pads can support our return to flight and fulfill our upcoming manifest needs.

So it seems quite timely to do a photo update for you to observe the status for yourself.

Here are links to images in earlier articles:

Going Up, Part 1 (January 31, 2015)

Going Up, Part 2 (February 24, 2015)

Going Up, Part 3 (March 29, 2015)

Going Up, Part 4 (April 27, 2015)

Going Up, Part 5 (May 26, 2015)

Going Up, Part 6 (June 27, 2015)

Going Up, Part 7 (August 9, 2015)

Going Up, Part 8 (October 16, 2015)

Going Up, Part 9 (November 8, 2015)

Going Up, Part 10 (February 29, 2016)

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