On Thursday, February 4, SpaceX tested their Transporter/Erector at LC-39A for a second time. An initial vertical test was performed in early November. Since then, the T/E has been painted as well as other modifications.
Standing 212 feet tall, the transporter/erector brings a Falcon 9 or Falcon heavy rocket the 1,700 feet from the Horizontal Integration Facility to LC-39A’s launch mount. It then transfers the vehicle from horizontal to vertical, and provides umbilical connections.
LC-39A is almost ready for integrated Falcon 9 booster testing. The recovered OG2 stage was slated to make engine firings at the pad no earlier than last month, but last-minute modifications were required. SpaceX has not released when they plan on rolling the booster out.
Once activated, LC39-A will be the company’s second launch site at Cape Canaveral, and will be used for Crew Dragon and Falcon Heavy missions. SLC-40 will still be used for commercial Falcon 9 missions and as backup for pad A.
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