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The video in this 27-Oct-2017 45th Space Wing tweet uses the phrase "That's how we drive to 48!" What does it mean?

T-3 days: Our 45 Operations Group is ready to take on this Epic Launch from the Eastern Range! @AFSpace @AFSpaceCC

Tweet: https://twitter.com/45thSpaceWing/status/923901931113902080


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  • $\begingroup$ tag suggestions? $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Nov 12 '17 at 11:27
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps add the cape-canaveral tag? $\endgroup$
    – DrSheldon
    Apr 12 '20 at 6:53
  • $\begingroup$ @DrSheldon oh look at that! In the future feel free to just go ahead and edit. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Apr 12 '20 at 7:08
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"drive to 48" refers to the 45th Space Wing's goal of being able to support 48 launches per year from Cape Canaveral.

From the "2017 Priorities and Commitments strategic plan" (a document that outlines how the 45th Space Wing will respond to the changes in the launcher market):

Just two years ago, we anticipated Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) and neighboring Kennedy Space Center (which relies heavily upon us for range support) to be running at its full launch capacity in the near future, and began the process to transform the Eastern Range from its original design as a government-led space program to a new design to accommodate and support the needs of new commercial space carriers as well. And today, as a result of our commitment to our 2015 plan, we are positioning the Eastern Range and the services we provide to accommodate up to forty-eight launch operations a year.

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