Spaceport Authority Selects Lockheed Martin to Operate Launch Pads


The Spaceport Florida Authority has selected Lockheed Martin Technical Operations to provide operations, maintenance, technology and marketing support for Launch Complex 46 and Launch Complex 20 at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport. Under a one-year contract with annual options for renewal, Lockheed Martin will provide technical and programmatic support for the development and launch of both suborbital and orbital launch systems at the state-managed multi-user launch facilities.

"Lockheed Martin has the depth of knowledge and understanding necessary to support our agencyís vision for expanding operations at Launch Complexes 46 and 20," said SFA program manager Rich Scredon. "We are excited about the potential for long-term growth at these unique facilities, and believe that Lockheed Martin can help to fuel this growth."

Launch Complex 46 is a U.S. Navy facility that was converted by the Spaceport Authority in 1997 to support multiple orbital launch systems, including Lockheed Martinís own Athena family of rockets and Orbital Sciences Corp.ís Taurus rockets. Complex 46 is also configured to support the Navyís Trident II ballistic missiles. Launch Complex 20 was an unused Air Force launch facility that is currently being modified and reactivated by the Spaceport Authority to accommodate multiple suborbital launch systems such as the LiteStar, Terrier, Orion, and ASAS rockets; and orbital vehicles like the Orbital Sciences Corp. Minotaur and other Minuteman-based rockets, Coleman Aerospaceís LeoLink family of rockets, the Athena-1, Taurus, and other small orbital launch vehicles. Complex 20 will also serve as a testbed for spaceport, range and launch vehicle technologies, and as a support facility for academic and scientific research.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will conduct suborbital launches using the Spaceport Authorityís LiteStar, Terrier, and Orion rockets, and will conduct two test launches for the Authorityís ASAS suborbital upper-stage development program. In addition to providing direct support to the Spaceport Authority, Lockheed Martinís services will also be available on a task-order basis under the contract to the companies and organizations that will use Launch Complexes 46 and 20 for their commercial and government launch missions.

The Spaceport Authority was established by Floridaís governor and legislature to support the retention, expansion and diversification of the stateís space-related industry. Empowered as a transportation authority, the Spaceport Authority financed, owns or operates several launch support facilities at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport and elsewhere in the state, including three launch complexes, a hangar for reusable launch vehicles, a launch control center, a launch vehicle integration facility, a rocket motor storage facility, and other multi-user infrastructure. The Spaceport Authority also works closely with Floridaís universities and community colleges to support statewide space-related research, technology and education programs.

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Edward Ellegood
Spaceport Florida Authority
100 Spaceport Way
Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920-4003
321-730-5301, ext. 1105 (phone); 321-730-5307 (fax)

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