Space Notebook: Launch Complex 46 to Receive Upgrade

Space Florida has awarded ATK contracts worth $2.6 million to upgrade communications systems at Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, one of two state-operated pads.

The work is the third phase of a refurbishment and modernization project begun in 2010 with a $500,000 grant.

The launch complex will host a pad abort test of NASA's Orion exploration capsule planned in 2018. Space Florida says the pad could also support small- to medium-class, solid-fuel rockets, including Lockheed Martin's Athena family, Orbital Sciences' Minotaur and Taurus, or other commercial, NASA or military launch vehicles.

- Full story at Florida Today.

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