Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 29

Summary

Launch Complex 29 (LC-29) was a one-pad launch site at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida built for test flights of the US Navy's submarine-launched Polaris ballistic missiles from 1958–1980. It also launched Chevaline missiles, which were British Polaris A-3 missiles.[1]

The complex was designed to contain two launch pads, 29A and 29B, but only 29A was built. The launch complex was dismantled in 1980.

In November 2012, ground was broken for a new $185-million Navy missile test facility to be built over the underground structures at LC-25 and LC-29 called the Strategic Weapons System Ashore. The facility will allow the testing of fire control, launch systems and navigation for submarine-fired missiles to be conducted at one facility instead of being done by contractors in different locations around the country.[2]

Launch history

  • Polaris A1X: 14 launches (21 September 1959–29 April 1960)[1]
  • Polaris A-2: 15 launches (10 January 1961–12 November 1965)[1]
  • Polaris A-3: 18 launches (7 August 1962–1 November 1967)[1]
  • Polaris A-3 Antelope: 3 launches (17 November 1966–2 March 1967)[1]
  • British Chevaline launches: (11 September 1977–19 May 1980)[1]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Launch Complex 29". Air Force Space & Missile Museum. Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  2. ^ Moody, Norman "Cape's Navy Missile Site Will Expand" (November 8, 2012) Florida Today Retrieved November 8, 2012

References

  • Moody, Norman "Cape's Navy Missile Site Will Expand" (November 8, 2012) Florida Today. Retrieved 8 November 2012.

Coordinates: 28°25′47″N 80°34′38″W / 28.42972°N 80.57722°W / 28.42972; -80.57722