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LAUNCH CONTROL CENTER

LAUNCH CONTROL CENTER

If the Vehicle Assembly Building is the heart of Launch Complex 39, the Launch Control Center is its brain. The LCC is a four-story structure located on the southeast side of the VAB and connected to it by an enclosed bridge for utilities.

Office space and a utilities systems control room are located on the first floor. The control data subsystem occupies the core of the second floor. Four firing rooms occupy most of the third floor. The fourth floor is used for office areas.

All four firing rooms can support software development or hardware checkout. Three firing rooms have the capability of supplying prelaunch checkouts at the OPF, VAB and launch pads.

LAUNCH PROCESSING SYSTEM

LAUNCH PAD OPERATIONS AFTER ROLLOUT

FLIGHT READINESS FIRING AND EXTERNAL TANK TANKING TESTS

TERMINAL COUNTDOWN DEMONSTRATION TEST

PRELAUNCH PROPELLANT LOAD

FINAL PRELAUNCH PREPARATIONS

LAUNCH COUNTDOWN

SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER RETRIEVAL, DISASSEMBLY AND REFURBISHMENT

SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER DISASSEMBLY FACILITY OPERATIONS

PARACHUTE REFURBISHMENT FACILITY

SHUTTLE LANDING FACILITY

TOWING TRACTORS

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