Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 17 demolished - 13-Jul


Two historic launch towers were imploded Thursday to make way for a new private space company at Cape Canaveral. Since then, these two launch towers were unused for more than a decade.

With a warning siren, a final 3-2-1 countdown and cry of "fire in the hole!", explosives flashed with loud bangs near the bases of pads 17A and 17B, sending them toppling sideways in opposite directions.

Of dismantled sites has conducted more than 300 launches.

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The complex, expanded in 1997, was the only launch pad that could accommodate the Delta II Heavy, which would regularly launch accident-free, from Launch Complex 17 from 2003 till the complexs closure in 2011. Although the first launches were unsuccessful, later in this place there have been several breakthroughs in space exploration. "It's a bittersweet day as we say goodbye to these iconic towers, but their demolition paves the way for innovation as Moon Express comes to work on the same hallowed ground as the LC-17 crews". The cost of the entire operation, detonation included, is estimated at around $2 million, note the sources.

The site will now be occupied by Moon Express, a private company developing small lunar landers that NASA may use to send science instruments to the lunar surface in the next few years, according to Florida Today.