Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A

Launch Complex 39A
The pad in January 2024 during the launch of Axiom Mission 3 with the SpaceX Starship launch tower in the background
Map
Launch siteKennedy Space Center
LocationMerritt Island, Florida
Coordinates28°36′30.2″N 80°36′15.6″W / 28.608389°N 80.604333°W / 28.608389; -80.604333
Operator
Orbital inclination
range
28–62°
Launch history
StatusActive
Launches177
First launchNovember 9, 1967
Saturn V SA-501
Last launchMay 8, 2024
Falcon 9 Block 5 / Starlink G6-56
Associated
rockets
Launch Complex 39--Pad A
Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A is located in Florida
Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A
Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A is located in the United States
Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A
Area160 acres (65 ha)
Built1964–1968
MPSJohn F. Kennedy Space Center MPS
NRHP reference No.99001638[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 21, 2000

Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) is the first of Launch Complex 39's three launch pads, located at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida. The pad, along with Launch Complex 39B, was first designed to accommodate the Saturn V launch vehicle. Typically used to launch NASA's crewed spaceflight missions since the late 1960s, the pad was leased by SpaceX and has been modified to support their launch vehicles.[2][3]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ Dante D'Orazio (September 6, 2015). "After delays, SpaceX's massive Falcon Heavy rocket set to launch in spring 2016". The Verge. Vox Media. Archived from the original on November 25, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  3. ^ "Spacex seeks to accelerate falcon 9 production and launch rates this year". SpaceNews. February 4, 2016. Archived from the original on February 9, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2020.