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The NASA Launch Control Center at Cape Canaveral has 4 Firing Rooms. Each can support the launch of a spacecraft. Similarly, the VAB was divided into four bays, each large enough to support assembly of a Saturn V.

Was operational tempo ever high enough that more than one Firing Room was in use at the same time?


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First of all, it's extremely important to have redundancy for something like this, in the event of there being an issue with one of the rooms. Furthermore, the various rooms can be used for training by different teams at the same time, although I doubt one is doing a live fire in one and having a training in another.

There have been a few instances of multiple NASA launches in a narrow time span, where I would expect multiple rooms to be in use. Specifically, the Gemini/ Agena launches, where Agena was a practice docking target, was launched within hours of Gemini (Usually 100 minutes before)

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The requirement could also be driven by the EOR (Earth-orbit rendez-vous) mode for prospective interplanetary applications. –  Deer Hunter Feb 17 '14 at 14:49
I don't understand why it is "extremely important" with redundancy for precisely space flights, but not for everyday air or sea travel. But I'm happy we don't use the same ridiculously expensive safety standards on Earth as in space, because then humans would never get anywhere here on the surface either... –  LocalFluff Feb 17 '14 at 21:08
There is all kinds of redundancy for air and sea travel. It's just more spaced out in different locations. Air traffic controllers are all over the place, keeping an eye on air traffic, and there is lots of redundancy. –  PearsonArtPhoto Feb 17 '14 at 21:09

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