Sea Launch Company Commercial Satellite Launching Complex

A 75-acre site, formerly occupied by the U.S. Navy, was redeveloped to serve as the Home Port for Sea Launch Company, the world’s first private venture for launching large commercial satellites.

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Project Description: 

A 75-acre site, formerly occupied by the U.S. Navy, was redeveloped to serve as the Home Port for Sea Launch Company, the world’s first private venture for launching large commercial satellites. Boeing Commercial Space Company is the largest shareholder of Sea Launch, and was responsible for overall program management.

The existing complex contained warehouse, office and storage space, comprising 14 structures built for the Navy between 1945 and 1989. The Austin Company’s assignment included upgrading existing facilities and constructing two new buildings where Boeing processes satellite payloads.

Improvements were also made to a 1,100-foot-long by 60-foot-wide pier for the docking of Sea Launch’s semi-submersible Launch Platform and Assembly & Command Ship.

The specially-designed 620-foot-long Assembly & Command Ship was constructed in Scotland. The ship serves as a floating rocket assembly factory in port and provides mission control facilities for commanding launches at sea. The Launch Platform carries the fueled rockets from Long Beach to selected launch sites near the equator in the South Pacific Ocean. After launching their payload, the vessels return to Long Beach to reload.

Project Stats: 
Square Footage: 202,000
Austin Services Provided: General Contractor
Location: 

Long Beach, CA

Project Client: 

Sea Launch Company

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