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. The complex is equipped with a 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)
- 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 kg).
- 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)