Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Space launch towers demolished at Cape Canaveral

LC-17 in its original Thor configuration – via NSF L2 LC-17 in its original Thor configuration – via NSF L2
Elijah Vega | 13 July, 2018, 19:08

The famous towers of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 17, which sent hundreds of rockets into space, have come crashing down in a planned demolition which will clear the facility for a private space exploration company. According to Florida Today, the demolition project had a price tag of $2 million. But the demolition of the aging towers doesn't mark the end of Complex 17's use, as spaceflight startup Moon Express is scheduled to take over and begin building its own infrastructure for tests and future launches.

"We have launched some super-exciting missions - Mars missions, all sorts of Global Positioning System missions, missions to all sorts of fun planets - so it is definitely a little emotional for me to see", Scott Messer explained to Florida Today.

A launch pad that dates back to the early days of the space program was demolished.

TV and radio presenter Richard Bacon in a coma
The presenter told fans he was hospitalised seven days ago, sharing a picture of himself at the hospital on social media. The BBC also reports that the 42-year-old dad of two had to have a tracheotomy to help him breath.

It's been almost seven years since the towers were used in a launch, and was used for Delta II and other notable missions, according to the report.

The towers were in service for 60 years.

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