Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 3


Launch Complex 3 (LC-3) is a deactivated launch site southeast of SLC-36 on Cape Canaveral, Florida at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. It was constructed, with launch complexes 1, 2, and 4, in the early 1950s for the Snark missile program.[1]

Launch Complex 3
Bumper8 launch-GPN-2000-000613.jpg
Launch of Bumper 8 from LC-3. This was the first launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch siteCape Canaveral Space Force Station
LocationCape Canaveral, Florida
Short nameLC-3
OperatorUS Space Force
Total launches77
Launch pad(s)1
Launch history
First launchBumper-8 (July 24, 1950)
Last launchBOMARC (August 12, 1959)
UGM-27 Polaris
Lockheed X-17

It was formerly used to launch Bumper, BOMARC, UGM-27 Polaris, and Lockheed X-17 missiles. The pad was also the site of the first launch from Cape Canaveral, a Bumper rocket on July 24, 1950. The site also served as a medical support facility during Project Mercury.[2]


  1. ^ Svirskas, Rob (September 14, 2008). "Complexes 1-4". Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Virtual Tour. Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  2. ^ Pike, John (April 27, 2005). "Complexes 3 & 4 -- Cape Canaveral Air Station". Retrieved January 25, 2010.

External linksEdit

  • Encyclopedia Astronautica
  • Spherical panoramas of Launch Complex 3

Coordinates: 28°27′57″N 80°32′13″W / 28.46583°N 80.53694°W / 28.46583; -80.53694