CAPE CANAVERAL: Representatives from Space Florida and Orbital ATK conducted a tour of Launch Complex 46 yesterday. Space Florida is coordinating refurbishments to bring the dormant LC-46 pad back for the launch of a Minotaur-IV rocket.
History of LC-46
A crane from Beyel Cranes lowers the umbilical tower at LC-46.
Located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, LC-46 was used for 19 launches from 1987 through 1999. Primarily used for Trident II, the pad was also used for two Athena launches. The pad has been unused since 1999. This is the north pad of Launch Complex 46. Media were advised not to shoot photos of activity at the south side of LC-46.
The Mobile Service Tower rolls away on these tracks. Space Florida has rolled the tower about five times before yesterday.
The Minotaur-IV rocket will lift ORS-5, a spacecraft for the Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space program. ORS-5 is a mission to answer a USSTRATCOM need in Space Situational Awareness (SSA). The ORS-5 program has contracted with MIT/Lincoln Labs Federally Funded Research and Development Center to
develop, build, and launch an operational demonstration of the SensorSat space vehicle. The ORS-5 mission also would act as a pathfinder ...