Launch Complex 46
Space Florida’s Launch Complex 46 business strategy is to provide launch
capabilities at the lowest cost possible. To help reach this goal, the Mobile Access
Structure (MAS) was carefully planned and designed to accommodate a variety of types
and sizes of launch vehicles. Space Florida is actively seeking launch
and payload customers for this multi-use vertical launch facility.
Past and Current Use
Originally, Launch Complex 46 was constructed by the U.S. Navy in 1985 to support
land-based testing of the Trident submarine launched ballistic missile.
The U.S. Navy began sharing the complex with the State of Florida in 1993.
Each of the users has their own Mobile Access Structure (MAS) which can be moved
into place over the launch pad/flame trench area. Over $6.8 million of commercial,
federal, and state funds have been invested in Space Florida’s MAS, the
launch stand and other support infrastructure.
Among Space Florida’s notable launches at LC-46 is NASA’s Lunar
Prospector successfully launched in January 1998 and in January 1999, the Republic
of China successfully launched ROCSAT-1. Both missions used Lockheed-Martin
Athena rockets. (click for video of launch)
- Located on the eastern point at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS)
- Six (6) camera mounts
- 7,000 square foot support building
- Pad lighting
- Underground equipment room
- Lightning protection is available at the south end of the pad near the ordnance
test area and on Space Florida's Mobile Access Structure (MAS)
- Roads are in good condition and the area is fenced with security gates.
- The multi-user pad was constructed with ten-foot diameter vehicles in mind.
- Payload lift capabilities for low earth orbit (LEO) in excess of 4,900 lbs (2,227
- Current infrastructure supports launch vehicles with maximum dimensions of 120 feet
(36 meters) height, and multiple vehicle / payload diameters between 50 and 120
inches (125 to 300 centimeters)