Environmental Impact Analysis Process. Volume 3. Preliminary Final Environmental Impact Statement Construction and Operation of Space Launch Complex 7
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC
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The proposed action is the construction and operation of a Titan IV Centaur space launch complex in support of the Department of Defense DOD space program. The project is designed for a minimum of 25 years, with construction planned to begin in 1991, followed by operations in 1994 or 1995. Known as Space Launch Complex 7 SLC-7, the project would be located on South Vandenberg Air Force Base VAFB, California. The Titan IVCentaur is an unmanned, expendable launch vehicle capable of launching critical DOD payloads in the 10,000-pound class to high energy orbits. The proposed facility at VAFB would support requirements for timely launches of these payloads from a location where highly inclined and polar orbits can be safely achieved. This action would maintain assured access to space by providing backup launch capability for the Titan IV Centaur and Titan IVNUS vehicles. Diagrams of the two launch vehicles are shown in Figure S.2 Titan IV Vehicle Configurations.
- Ground Support Systems and Facilities for Space Vehicles
- Environmental Health and Safety