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LAUNCH COMPLEX 47 FACT SHEET

 

Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

 

 

 

 

Configuration: Single Blockhouse, One Launch Pad

 

LAUNCH PAD 47

 

Current Status: Active

 

First Launch: Unconfirmed

 

Final Launch: Active

 

Number of Launches: Unconfirmed

 

Vehicles Launched: Weather Rockets, Sounding Rockets, LOFT-1

 

Launch Complex 47 is the smallest launch complex on Cape Canaveral, and is used in support of sounding and weather rocket launches. The site features a tiny blockhouse located just a few yards from the launch pad, which contains vehicle-specific hardware. Although tiny in comparison to other launch sites, Launch Complex 47 holds a great distinction as being the launch site of the first commercial launch from Cape Canaveral. A commercial Loft-1 rocket was launched from Launch Complex 47 on November 17, 1988. The tiny sounding rocket had succeeded in beating Delta, Atlas and Titan rockets in the launching of commercial payloads.

 

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