Historic launch towers at Cape Canaveral demolished

14 Juillet, 2018, 10:28 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • LC-17 in its original Thor configuration – via NSF L2

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. But the demolition of the aging towers doesn't mark the end of Complex 17's use, as spaceflight startup Moon Express is scheduled to take over and begin building its own infrastructure for tests and future launches.

The demolition plan cost $2 million and had been in the works for years, according to Florida Today. The newspaper reports it was postponed from previous year.

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"With 61 years of history and 325 launches, it's been a pretty incredible piece of the space community for many years".

For years the towers were known for their distinctive red colouring until anti-corrosive coatings were applied in the early 90s. The last time there was a launch from either one of the towers was almost seven years ago.

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