Space Florida said July 9 that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved a Launch Site Operator’s License that permits the organization to support commercial launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 46 (SLC-46). The license went into effect July 1.
Space Florida said SLC-46 can be made ready to support launches within 12 months of a formal customer commitment. The pad was last used in 1999 when Taiwan’s RocSat-1 was launched on a Lockheed Martin Athena 1 rocket.
of Denver and Alliant Techsystems Aerospace of Magna, Utah, announced earlier this year their intent to bring the Athena rocket back to the market and listed Florida among potential launch sites.