CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION: General Monteith called “Fire in the Hole” and pushed the detonation button to bring down Pad 17A and Pad 17B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The pads were constructed in 1956 and were active from 1958 through 2011. The pads were operated by the US Air Force’s 45th Space Wing and have supported more than 300 Department of Defense, NASA and commercial missile and rocket launches.
Brigadier General Wayne Monteith, Commander, 45th Space Wing, is instructed in triggering the demolition charges that will bring down the SLC-17 towers. Photo credit: Bill Jelen / We Report Space
Before pressing the button, General Monteith had these remarks: “Pad 17 was the location for one of our more spectacular launch failures, on GPS. We are part of a learning organization driving to the future. This is about innovation as this launch complex is now re-purposed from Delta to Moon Express. This is a part of history which is what we are doing every single day out here on the Range. We are doing it with our partners from NASA, from the NRO, our commercial partners and our contracting partners.
“This is an exciting time as we continue ...