KSC Launch Complex 39A (SpaceX)

SpaceX recently modified the historic Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center to accommodate their Falcon 9 rockets. One of the main considerations was how well the Falcon 9 rocket would be protected from lightning by the existing lightning protection system at LC-39A while on the pad in both the horizontal and vertical positions. SLS performed a detailed Monte Carlo risk assessment to determine the susceptibility of the Falcon 9 rocket to direct lightning strikes.

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