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Launch Complex 18

Launch Complex 18 Systems

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Cost: $3,592,000 each pad

Launch Complex Highlights

  • 1955 - Launch complex construction underway
  • 5 November 1956 - U.S. Navy accepted Pad 18A
  • 8 December 1956 - First Vanguard launched
  • 8 December 1956 to 18 September 1959 - Launch Complex supported Navy and NASA's Vanguard launches
  • Total 14 Vanguard launches from Pad 18A. The first two Vanguards were Viking 13 (Vanguard TV-0), which fired only the 1st stage, and Viking 14 (Vanguard TV-1), which fired the 1st stage and 2nd stage solid motor
  • 23 October 1957 - First full Vanguard launch was TV-2
  • 21 September 1960 - 9 June 1965 - Total of 10 NASA Blue Scout Jr. launched for U.S. Air Force
  • June 1963 - Combined Systems Test Building and Assembly and Checkout Building completed
  • June 1963 - Modifications completed on Pad 18A for the Blue Scout Jr.
  • 4 June 1958 to 29 February 1958 - Total of 17 Thor launched from Pad 18B. It remained active until the launch rate of the Thor was reduced enough for Launch Complex 17 to carry the load
  • 7 January 1961 to 12 April 1962 - Pad 18B supported 6 Blue Scout I, Blue Scout II and Scout launches,
  • 1961 - Following 5 launches, operations on Launch Complex 18 were scaled back drastically
  • 1 February 1967 - Launch complex deactivated
  • The launch complex was later used in processing of de-mineralized water for the Cape. Water is used on the Navy submarines for reactor water.
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13 March 1967 - Launch Complex 18