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SLC6 at Vandenberg AFB
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Once planned as the West Coast launch site for the Space Shuttle, Space Launch Complex (SLC)–6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif., is being renovated by Boeing for use by the company's Delta IV family of launch vehicles. Hundreds of tons of steel are being removed as the existing launch table is being demolished to the concrete level in preparation for installation of a new launch table and Fixed Pad Erector. Other work in progress includes removal of extraneous appendages from the Access Tower, which will be converted into a Fixed Umbilical Tower, and removal of platforms in the Mobile Service Tower. Aman Environmental Construction, Covina, Calif., is under contract to Boeing for the demolition work, which is expected to be completed in September. A general construction contractor has not been selected. Construction of SLC-6 is scheduled for completion in early 2002. Boeing is investing approximately $120 million in VAFB infrastructure improvements as part of its long-term commitment to Delta IV. First-launch capability from VAFB SLC-6 is currently targeted for late 2002.

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