posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 10:04 PM
50 Years ago when the space age was beginning, an infrastructure of assembly buildings, launch pads and fuel manufacture was necessary to support the
building and launching of rockets into orbit and beyond.
Because of its’ location, Cape Canaveral was chosen. It is as close to the equator as could be found in the continental U.S., and boosters could
drop harmlessly into the Atlantic ocean after launch.
The 6000 acres of the Kennedy Space Center, including the Vehicle Assembly building, an army of support and security staff is, now however,
Non-fixed-site space launch from the ocean is now a well-practiced reality: medium size payloads using a Russian booster
has put dozens of satellites into GTO for years now.
A heavy lift concept employing a pressure fed motor could be built using the same idea:
For manned space flight, the air launch method seems to offer a number of advantages. Current use is limited to small payloads
But larger scale plans seem to make sense as well:
The value of the under utilized land that composes the KSC is, literally, astronomical. Billions could be made developing it into a habitable piece of