Multiple Booster Spaceports

by Alan W. Arata, Titan Facilities Activation, Vandenberg AFB, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III


Multiple Booster Spaceports examined launching an entire class of space boosters, both current and future, from a single spaceport. The United States presently launches four distinct classes of space boosters: Light, Medium, Titan Class (34 & IV) and Heavy Lift Launch Vehicles. Currently, all U.S. launch complexes, whether at Vandenberg Air Force Base or Cape Canaveral/Kennedy, launch only one specific booster. Multiple Booster Spaceports demonstrates how launch facilities and Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) for different boosters can be shared and made more generic so future launch complexes/spaceports can accommodate an entire class of space boosters. Vehicle interface, launch mount, and service tower requirements are examined as well as present and future processing concepts.

Subject Headings: Vehicles | Equipment and machinery | Launching and landing | Aircraft and spacecraft | Engineering profession | Aerospace engineering | Space exploration | United States

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