What components are needed for a rocket launch pad besides the following?

  • Tanks for Fuel and Water
  • Lightning protection rods
  • Hangar
  • Launch Pad
  • Duct
  • Tracking Facility

Is there a good resource to estimate the costs of each?

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    $\begingroup$ Tanks for the oxidizer are also needed. Pumps, tubes and hoses for tanking. $\endgroup$
    – Uwe
    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:16
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    $\begingroup$ Is this dedicated to one particular design of launch vehicle, or would it have to accomodate many sizes and and a variety of propellants? Does it include facilities for assembling the rockets, or can that be separate? What about offices and equipment for the staff and launch control? $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:00
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    $\begingroup$ There are a lot of rockets using different fuel/oxidizer combinations for first and second stage. A satellite or space probe as payload often uses another hygolic fuel/oxidizer. $\endgroup$
    – Uwe
    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:17
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    $\begingroup$ To get you started: the new ELA4 launch pad being built for Ariane 6 is budgeted at $200M. eiffage.com/files/live/sites/eiffage/files/pdf/… $\endgroup$
    – Hobbes
    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:31
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh Preferably the most common facilities. No, not for assembling rockets (though I would like to know the cost of building an end-to-end facility for rocket manufacturing), but the staff and launch control buildings are factored in. $\endgroup$
    – harsh99
    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:39


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