SpaceX is planning on returning to SLC-40 for a launch of CRS-13 on December 12, 2017. In advance of the launch, SpaceX’s John Muratore, Director of Space Launch Complex 40, held a news conference to discuss the changes.
Visible damage to the transporter-erector at SLC-40 following the AMOS-6 anomaly in September 2016. Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space
SpaceX spent approximately $50 Million to upgrade the pad and to make it compatible with LC-39A. “39 is able to do the fastest turns we’ve done. We worked to make the pads common: 39A, 40, and to some extent VAFB. We can move people around. If we find a problem at one pad, we can fix that problem at all pads, ” according to Muratore.
“Today is the 7th anniversary of our first launch at SLC-40. The design of SLC-40 was completed before the first Falcon was ever flown. SpaceX was a much smaller company then. We’ve taken this opportunity, after 30 missions, to take advantages of all lessons learned and incorporate them in to the pad.”
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