Size definitely matters when your hangar door has to be big enough to allow access for rockets.
Schweiss Doors, which provides hangar doors of every size from the smallest GA hangar to Cape Canaveral, recently delivered two doors to SpaceX, with one 40 feet wide and 69 feet tall, while the other is 90 feet wide and 61 feet tall.
Both were equipped with automatic latches and are wind-rated to 150 mph. Upon delivery to Florida, both doors were clad in 26-gauge sheeting and feature 4-inch blanket insulation. Bottom-drive 480-volt 3-phase motors and patented Schweiss liftstraps do the lifting of these doors that exceed 53,000 pounds.
These doors are similar in size to prior Schweiss bifold doors installed at SpaceX sites in Waco, Texas, and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. SpaceX has developed rockets able to deliver cargo to the International Space Station and is working on providing satellite launch services, passenger tourist flights and cargo delivery to orbit … sooner than you think.
“SpaceX is like Special Forces,” says Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer. “We do the missions that others think are impossible. We have goals that are absurdly ambitious by any reasonable standard, but we’re going to make them happen. We have the potential here at SpaceX to have an incredible effect on the future of humanity and life itself.”