Vandenberg Space Launch Complex 5

Summary

Space Launch Complex 5
Scout-X4 rocket.jpg
A Scout rocket launches Explorer 19 from SLC-5.
Launch siteVandenberg Space Force Base
Location34°36′29″N 120°37′29″W / 34.6080°N 120.6247°W / 34.6080; -120.6247Coordinates: 34°36′29″N 120°37′29″W / 34.6080°N 120.6247°W / 34.6080; -120.6247
Short nameSLC-5
OperatorU.S. Space Force
Launch pad(s)One
Orbital inclination
range
51° – 145°
Launch history
StatusInactive
Launches69
First launch26 April 1962
Scout X-2 / Solrad 4B
Last launch9 May 1994
Scout G-1 / MSTI-2

Space Launch Complex 5 (SLC-5) was a launch pad at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, United States. It was previously part of the Point Arguello Naval Air Station, during which time it was designated Launch Complex D or LC-D. Constructed in 1961, it was used by 69 Scout launch vehicles between 1962 and 1994. Satellites launched from the complex included Transit, OV3, Explorer and P35 (DMSP) spacecraft. Most of the satellites launched from SLC-5 were placed into low Earth orbits, or low medium Earth orbits.

As of 2009*, the complex is still standing, however the U.S. Air Force is considering demolishing it to salvage parts. If the complex is dismantled, there are plans to produce a Historic American Engineering Record of the site, and to preserve the tower.[1]

SLC-5 launches

Date Nickname Op # Payload Notes
26 April 1962 Blue Scout I V-112 9201 GRAB
23 May 1962 Blue Scout II V-117 1201 DMSP Block-1 Failure - 2nd stage exploded
23 August 1962 Blue Scout III V-126 2201 DMSP Block-1
18 December 1962 Blue Scout IV V-121 5201 Transit
19 February 1963 Blue Scout V V-132 0240 DMSP Block-1
5 April 1963 Blue Scout VI 0804 Transit 5A-2
26 April 1963 Blue Scout VII 1298 DMSP Block-1
15 June 1963 Blue Scout VIII 1292 Transit 5A-3
27 September 1963 Blue Scout IX 1610 DMSP Block-1
19 December 1963 Blue Scout X 2843 Explorer 19 / Atmosphere Density Experiment
3 June 1964 ARROW PLANT 4412 Transit 5C-1
25 June 1964 CHERRY PIE 4926 Environmental Sciences Research Satellite (ESRS) Launch failure
25 August 1964 HURRY BABY 3826 Explorer 20 / Ionosphere Explorer
9 October 1964 GUS GOOSE 6072
21 November 1964 IMA BIRD 6328
6 December 1965 SQUEEKY HUB 0542
21 December 1965 SOCIAL CIRCLE 1509
28 January 1966 INVENTORY AID 1593
25 March 1966 BEST GIRL 1117
22 April 1966 LABRADOR RETRVR 1527
18 May 1966 DANCE LESSON 0082
4 August 1966 RUBBER MAT 3140
17 August 1966 MARBLE HALL 2366
28 October 1966 BUSY SERVICE 3820
31 January 1967 BUSY MASON 5589
13 April 1967 BUSY MINUTEMAN 0100
5 May 1967 BUSY WIFE 7102
18 May 1967 BUSY OCEAN 7218
29 May 1967 OLD FAD 8086
  • As of 19 July 2017, the complex appears to have been demolished, comparing 2009 to 2017 imagery in Google Earth.

References

  • Wade, Mark. "Vandenberg SLC5". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 28 September 2008.
  1. ^ "Base considers disassembling historical launch complex". Spaceflight Now. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2009.