Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Officials Conduct Demolition of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Towers

Thor-Able launch from LC-17 – via NSF L2 Thor-Able launch from LC-17 – via NSF L2
Cary Marshall | 13 July, 2018, 19:08

The twin mobile gantries at Launch Complex 17 (LC-17) were imploded Thursday morning (July 12), toppling the oldest remaining launch pad structures at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Instead, the U.S. Air Force demolished two historic launch towers. According to Florida Today, the demolition project had a price tag of $2 million.

The towers, which hosted 325 launches of probes, spacecraft and more dating back to 1957, came crashing down around 7 a.m.

The fixed towers were located at Launch Complex 17, just north of Port Canaveral. It was planned for years while waiting for the funding.

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The towers' demolition came almost seven years after the last launch at the site - when Delta II sent a pair of gravity mapping probes to the moon for NASA in September, 2011.

Once the rubble is cleared, the site will be taken over by a private company called moon express, which hopes to launch regular missions to the moon.

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