Missile Launch Facility


When the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command developed the THAAD missile, it determined that a 1,000 mile test track would be required.  The test procedure called for a HERA missile launched from Wake Island to be shot down by a THAAD missile launched from Kwajalein Island.  These two tiny islands in the South Pacific are rich with military history.  Wake Island had previously been used for various missile programs, but the HERA firing required a new launch facility. 

Bath Engineering, together with its teammate AUI, was selected for this design/build project.  The schedule was very aggressive because the missile test schedule demanded an early completion of construction.

The project scope required the construction of a Missile Assembly Building, a Missile Storage Building, a Launch Equipment Room, Launch Pad Environmental Shelter, and a six-bay Launch Control Center.  The existing 5kV substation was completely replaced, and a previously abandoned launch pad was renovated.  A new electrical distribution system, flood lighting and lightning protection were provided at the launch pad.  The Missile Assembly Building required a sophisticated grounding system and humidity control.  The project also included the widening of roads at the launch complex to accommodate the Missile Transporter Vehicle.  An underground communication routing system was provided throughout the entire launch complex. An automated fire detection system for the new facilities and interfaced with the existing island fire monitoring system.  The island 5kV electrical distribution system was modified and upgraded.