Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 37

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Space Launch Complex 37
Liftoff for a Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) after its launch tower.jpg
The launch of GOES-N atop a Delta IV, from SLC-37B in 2006
Launch siteCape Canaveral Air Force Station
Location28.531986°N
80.566821°W
Short nameSLC-37
OperatorUnited States Air Force
Total launches25
Launch pad(s)2
Minimum / maximum
orbital inclination
28° - 57°
LC-37A launch history
StatusDemolished
Launches0
First launchUnused
Associated rocketsSaturn I
Saturn IB
SLC-37B launch history
StatusActive
Launches25
First launch29 January 1964
Saturn I / SA-5
Last launch8 August 2013
Delta IV / USA-244
Associated rocketsSaturn I
Saturn IB
Delta IV (current)
 
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Space Launch Complex 37
Liftoff for a Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) after its launch tower.jpg
The launch of GOES-N atop a Delta IV, from SLC-37B in 2006
Launch siteCape Canaveral Air Force Station
Location28.531986°N
80.566821°W
Short nameSLC-37
OperatorUnited States Air Force
Total launches25
Launch pad(s)2
Minimum / maximum
orbital inclination
28° - 57°
LC-37A launch history
StatusDemolished
Launches0
First launchUnused
Associated rocketsSaturn I
Saturn IB
SLC-37B launch history
StatusActive
Launches25
First launch29 January 1964
Saturn I / SA-5
Last launch8 August 2013
Delta IV / USA-244
Associated rocketsSaturn I
Saturn IB
Delta IV (current)

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 37[1][2] (SLC-37), previously Launch Complex 37 (LC-37), is a launch complex on Cape Canaveral, Florida. Construction began in 1959 and the site was accepted by NASA to support the Saturn I program in 1963.[3] The complex consists of two launch pads. LC-37A has never been used, but LC-37B launched unmanned Saturn I flights (1964 to 1965) and was modified and launched Saturn IB flights (1966 to 1968), including the first (unmanned) test of the Apollo Lunar Module in space.[3] It was deactivated in 1972. In 2001 it was modified as the launch site for Delta IV, a launch system operated by United Launch Alliance.

The original layout of the launch complex featured one Mobile Service Structure which could be used to service or mate a rocket on either LC-37A or 37B, but not on both simultaneously. The Delta IV Mobile Service Tower is 330 ft (100 m) tall, and fitted to service all Delta IV configurations, including the Delta IV Heavy.[4]

Launch history[edit]

Apollo 5 at LC-37B in 1968

Saturn[edit]

All flights operated by NASA.

DateLaunch vehiclePayloadMission/functionRemarks
Jan. 29, 1964Saturn InoneSA-5First live S-IV second stage
May 28, 1964Saturn IBP-13 boilerplate CSMA-101 (SA-6)First boilerplate CSM
Sept. 18, 1964Saturn IBP-15 boilerplate CSMA-102 (SA-7)
Feb. 16, 1965Saturn IPegasus A and BP-16 boilerplate CSMA-103 (SA-9)Pegasus studied micrometeoroid impacts
May 25, 1965Saturn IPegasus B and BP-26 boilerplate CSMA-104 (SA-8)
July 30, 1965Saturn IPegasus C and BP-9A boilerplate CSMA-105 (SA-10)
July 5, 1966Saturn IBnoneAS-203Test of S-IVB; informally called Apollo 2
Jan. 22, 1968Saturn IBLM-1Apollo 5Test of the first lunar module

Delta[edit]

Photos[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan (1998-02-22). "Issue 350". Jonathan's Space Report. Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  2. ^ DELTA-IV HEAVY TO LAUNCH LAST DSP SATELLITE
  3. ^ a b "Complex 37 -- Cape Canaveral Air Station". Federation of American Scientists (www.fas.org). 2000-06-16. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Boeing, Raytheon Top Off Nation's Newest Launch Tower". Boeing. March 2, 2000. 

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Coordinates: 28°31′55″N 80°34′01″W / 28.531986°N 80.566821°W / 28.531986; -80.566821