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 4 added 8 characters in body edited Mar 25 '14 at 22:20 Travis Bear 45211 gold badge44 silver badges1010 bronze badges Another way to think about this question might be "What US territory is closest to the equator." There are definately better options that Florida, but they are outside the continental US. Obviously using these sites is a bit of a trade-off since it's not as convenient to the rest of the industrial base. Here are the latitudes of some possible alternatesalternate sites: Cape Canaveral: 28 degrees N. Hawaii: 21 degrees N. Marshall Islands: 9 degrees N. Baker Island: 0.11 degrees N.  Baker island looks best on paper, but it is just a tiny nature preserve, not really practical for large-scale rocket useoperations. I'm willing to be corrected on this, but I don't believe the Marshall Islands are a US territory. Another way to think about this question might be "What US territory is closest to the equator." There are definately better options that Florida, but they are outside the continental US. Obviously using these sites is a bit of a trade-off since it's not as convenient to the rest of the industrial base. Here are the latitudes of some possible alternates: Cape Canaveral: 28 degrees N. Hawaii: 21 degrees N. Baker Island: 0.11 degrees N.  Baker island looks best on paper, but it is just a tiny nature preserve, not practical for large-scale rocket use. Another way to think about this question might be "What US territory is closest to the equator." There are definately better options that Florida, but they are outside the continental US. Obviously using these sites is a bit of a trade-off since it's not as convenient to the rest of the industrial base. Here are the latitudes of some possible alternate sites: Cape Canaveral: 28 degrees N. Hawaii: 21 degrees N. Marshall Islands: 9 degrees N. Baker Island: 0.11 degrees N.  Baker island looks best on paper, but it is just a tiny nature preserve, not really practical for rocket operations. I'm willing to be corrected on this, but I don't believe the Marshall Islands are a US territory. 3 added 8 characters in body edited Mar 25 '14 at 22:15 Travis Bear 45211 gold badge44 silver badges1010 bronze badges HawaiiAnother way to think about this question might be "What US territory is a lot closerclosest to the equator than." There are definately better options that Florida, which would make it a more fuel-efficient location to launch frombut they are outside the continental US. But it's Obviously using these sites is a bit of a trade-off since it's not as convenient to the rest of the industrial base. Here are the latitudes of some possible alternates: Cape Canaveral: 28 degrees N. Hawaii: 21 degrees N. Baker Island: 0.11 degrees N.  Baker island looks best on paper, but it is just a tiny nature preserve, not practical for large-scale rocket use. Hawaii is a lot closer to the equator than Florida, which would make it a more fuel-efficient location to launch from. But it's a bit of a trade-off since it's not as convenient to the rest of the industrial base. Another way to think about this question might be "What US territory is closest to the equator." There are definately better options that Florida, but they are outside the continental US. Obviously using these sites is a bit of a trade-off since it's not as convenient to the rest of the industrial base. Here are the latitudes of some possible alternates: Cape Canaveral: 28 degrees N. Hawaii: 21 degrees N. Baker Island: 0.11 degrees N.  Baker island looks best on paper, but it is just a tiny nature preserve, not practical for large-scale rocket use. 2 added 8 characters in body edited Mar 25 '14 at 22:07 Travis Bear 45211 gold badge44 silver badges1010 bronze badges Hawaii is a lot farther southcloser to the equator than Florida, which would make it a more fuel-efficient location to launch from. But it's a bit of a trade-off since it's not as convenient to the rest of the industrial base. Hawaii is a lot farther south than Florida, which would make it a more fuel-efficient location to launch from. But it's a bit of a trade-off since it's not as convenient to the rest of the industrial base. Hawaii is a lot closer to the equator than Florida, which would make it a more fuel-efficient location to launch from. But it's a bit of a trade-off since it's not as convenient to the rest of the industrial base. 1 answered Mar 25 '14 at 19:52 Travis Bear 45211 gold badge44 silver badges1010 bronze badges