Launch Sites

Launching from Both U.S. Coasts
Cape Canaveral Air Force StationPrimary launch sites for NASA's Expendable Launch Vehicles are Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. NASA's Wallops Island, Va., flight facility, Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the North Pacific, and Kodiak Island, Alaska, are additional ELV launch locations.

Image to left: This aerial photo reveals a line of launch pads and towers stretching the length of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS). CCAFS is one of NASA's primary launch sites. Credit: NASA

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Located adjacent to Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is ideal for spacecraft requiring a west-east orbit.
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Vandenberg Air Force Base
Located along California's central coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Vandenberg is preferred for spacecraft requiring a north-south orbit.
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Wallops Island Flight Facility
Operated by Goddard Space Flight Center, this is NASA's principal facility for suborbital research programs.
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Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll
The Kwajalein site was chosen for the launch of HETE-2 because of its required inclination.
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Kodiak Island
Kodiak Island is one of the best locations in the world for polar launch operations, providing a wide launch azimuth and unobstructed downrange flight path.
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