- Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 40
Infobox Launch Pad
name = Launch Complex 40
caption =Launch Complex 40. The
Titan IVawaiting launch contains the Cassini-Huygensprobe bound for Saturn.
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
short = LC-40
US Air Force
tlaunches = 55
pads = 1
inclination = 28° - 57°
status = Inactive
Titan IIIC, 18 June 1965
last = Lacrosse-5,
30 April 2005
Titan III Titan 34D Titan IV Falcon 9(future) Cape Canaveral Air Force StationLaunch Complex 40 (LC-40) was a launch pad at Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral, Florida. The site was used by the US Air Force, for Titan IIIand Titan IVlaunches. On April 25, 2007, the US Air Force gave SpaceXpermission to use the complex to launch its Falcon rocket. [ Kelly, John: [http://www.floridatoday.com/floridatoday/blogs/spaceteam/2007/04/spacex-cleared-for-cape-launches.html "SpaceX cleared for Cape launches"] , "Florida Today", 25 April 2007]
The first launch from LC-40 was the maiden flight of the Titan IIIC, carrying two
transtageupper stages to test the functionality of the vehicle.
Two interplanetary missions were launched from the pad. On
September 25 1992, it was the launch site for the failed Mars Observerspacecraft, and on October 15 1997, it was used to launch the Cassini-Huygensmission to Saturn.
The most recent use of the pad was on
April 30, 2005, when a Titan IVB launched the Lacrosse-5 reconnaissance satellite.
The tower was disassembled during late 2007 and early 2008. Demolition of the Mobile Service Structure (MSS), by means of a controlled explosion, occurred on
27 April 2008. [Wired Science: [http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/05/launch-pad-demo.html "Launch Pad Demolition Clears Way for SpaceX Rockets"] ,"Wired", 1 May 2008]
List of Merritt Island launch sites
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