| The Moron
Air Base is a joint-use U.S. Air Force and Spanish Air Force Base
and was designated a TAL site in 1984. Moron Air Base serves as
a weather alternate for both low and high inclination launches.
The Moron AB is located about 35
miles southeast of Seville and 75 miles northeast of Naval Station
Rota. Although Moron is close to the foothills of the Sierra
de Ronda mountain chain, most of the surrounding countryside
is flat with a few hills and shallow valleys. Elevations vary
from 200 to 400 feet above sea level. The weather is generally
good with no associated unusual weather phenomena.
The Moron AB has an 11,800 by
200-foot runway with 1000-foot overruns and a 50-foot asphalt-stabilized
shoulders. The runway is equipped with shuttle-unique visual
landing aids and a Microwave Landing System (MLS), a Tactical
Air Control and Navigation (TACAN) system, a remote weather
tower and a Shuttle Orbiter Arresting System (SOAS).