Complex 18 blockhouse outer control area
Complex 18 blockhouse outer control area Zoom

We are standing at the entrance to the outer control area. The doorway ahead leads to the Pad A side of the control area, where checkout and launch operations for Pad A were controlled. The large square box on the wall just to the right of the door once held a phone. Blockhouse personnel used it as a link to the outside world (family, etc.) when they were closed inside of the blockhouse for launch operations. Many "I'm going to have to work some overtime tonight" calls were made from that phone.

Enter the control area for Pad A
Step back outside the outer control area
Photo courtesy of Steve Sanders
Mission Flight Control Officer, CCAFS
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