Imagine gas and flames blasting out of rocket engines with a million pounds of thrust…pretty hot! A system drenches the launch pad to cool it down…what if that system failed. No water…no rockets. Pump station 7 is one of many top priority projects for the 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
It’s the kind of work the Wing’s commander considers vital to supporting the Cape’s growing launch rate – projected to reach nearly 50 annually within five years – but it could be derailed, he fears, if Congress and the White House fail to compromise on a budget deal. So far this year, 18 missions have launched…the next is scheduled for December 8th. With a rumored government shutdown…this could put a halt to Cape projects, which could cost taxpayers more overall.
Source: VNC News
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