SpaceX to land both Falcon Heavy first stages and Dragon at Cape Canaveral


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An environmental report, prepared by SpaceX, describes in detail their plans to build landing facilities for their Dragon capsule as well as two more landing pads to facilitate the vertical landing of all three Falcon Heavy first stages at Launch Complex 13 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

It is not clear when this work will go forward, though I suspect it will not be too far in the future.

6 comments

  • C Cecil

    Can you imagine the trio of sonic booms when the boosters come back to land? The locals are going to be in for some real noise. I grew up northwest of Selfridge air base in Michigan, 1960s era, and I remember their fighters breaking the sound barrier. Our dog would pee all over the floor.

  • Frank

    Growing up on the Navel Weapons Center at China Lake, CA, I was accustomed to sonic booms. Later, hearing the Space Shuttle booms while landing at Edwards AFB brought back memories. To me they are the sound of pioneering aviation and space flight.

  • Frank

    Typo. Should be Naval Weapons Center.

  • LocalFluff

    @Frank, I thought you meant the governmental navel-gazing research department.

  • Frank

    Haha. I didn’t want to leave that one uncorrected @Local!

  • wayne

    Good stuff.

    Frank– Is China Lake, Area-51? (or is that Groom Lake?)

    referencing the navel-gazing, I can’t resist;

    Don Draper teaches the world to sing…
    https://youtu.be/Exf63KPXF6w?t=99

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