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32 launches planned for 2017

posted Jan 11, 2017, 2:59 PM by VDP Community

The Space Coast could see as many as 32 launches by five different rockets in 2017, the vice commander of the Air Force's 45th Space Wing said.

That would easily surpass the 23 launch operations supported in 2016, the busiest year in two decades.

“Just a tremendous year,” said Col. Walt Jackim, in a “State of the Wing” presentation to the National Space Club Florida Committee in Cape Canaveral. “It’s only going to get busier for us.”

The first of 2017 is planned for Thursday, Jan 19th by United Launch Alliance with an Atlas V launch.   It's the first of at least seven launches ULA plans from Florida, including six on the Atlas V and one by a Delta IV.