Blue Origin has asked permission to build at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a launch pad that has been dormant since the 1960’s.
Billionaire Jeff Bezos’ company wants to build on Space Launch Complex 11, which hasn’t seen a launch since 1964, and the adjacent Space Launch Complex 36.
The plan was revealed in permit applications with the St. Johns River Water Management District, which oversees permitting on that land.
The permits hint at a plan to test rockets onsite while launching from the launch pad.
Nearly one year ago, Bezos announced that the company would launch rockets from SLC 36.
In the permit, the company said it would “contstruct and operate an orbital launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s (Space Launch Complex) 11 and SLC-36.”
In the permit application, the company also referenced its efforts to recover launched vehicles, which Blue Origin has done multiple times in west Texas.
“The existing launch complex will be updated to include infrastructure to test engines, integrate launch vehicles and launch orbital vehicles as well as support systems to recover and refurbish launch vehicles,” the permit read.
Blue Origin has been building its 750,000-square-foot orbital vehicle production facility on Florida’s Space Coast since breaking ground in June.
Bezos said then that the goal was to open the facility, where it will build, test and integrate its rockets, by the end of 2017.
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