SpaceX to Break Ground on Falcon Heavy Launch Pad on Wednesday

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SpaceX Groundbreaking at Vandenberg Air Force Base Wednesday

WHAT:  

In April 2011, SpaceX announced its plans to design, build and launch the Falcon Heavy – the world’s largest launch vehicle since the Saturn V moon rocket. The Falcon Heavy should arrive at Vandenberg by the end of 2012 and launch soon thereafter.

On Wednesday, July 13th, 2011, Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s newest launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Falcon Heavy will have the ability to carry payloads weighing over 53 metric tons to orbit, offering more than twice the performance of other commercial providers at one-third of the cost. SpaceX save the Department of Defense at least one billion dollars annually in space launch services with such a rocket, while providing an independent family of vehicles to provide assured access to space.

WHO:   

Elon Musk, SpaceX Founder, CEO & Chief Technology Officer
Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California
Colonel Richard W. Boltz, Commander, 30th Space Wing and Western Range, Air Force Space Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base
Mayor John Linn, Lompoc

WHERE:

Vandenberg Air Force Base (Space Launch Complex 4-East)

WHEN:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 1:00 PM