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Launch Complex 20

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Launch Complex Highlights

  • 23 April 1956 - Contract awarded
  • February 1957 - Construction underway
  • 10 September 1959 - Construction completed
  • 10 September 1959 - Air Force accepted the launch complex
  • 1 July 1960 - First Titan I launch
  • 13 December 1961 - Last Titan I launch
  • 21 November 1961 - First "blue suit" (U.S. Air Force crew) Titan I launch from this pad
  • Total Titan I launched - 16
  • 1962 - Pad transferred for space missions
  • September 1963 - Modified to accommodate a third stage
  • 1 September 1964 - First Titan IIIA launch
  • 6 May 1965 - Last Titan IIIA launch
  • Total Titan IIIA launched - 4
  • Following the last Titan IIIA launch, the launch complex was deactivated
  • The complex was programmed to support the Air Force X-20 DYNA SOAR effort, but program was cancelled
  • April 1967 - Complex deactivated
  • 13 June 1967 - Sold for salvage
  • 1 November 1988 - Began modification by Butler Construction Co. under a SDIO contract for 2 Starbird program Pads 20A and 20B
  • December 1989 - Modification work completed and turned over to the Range. The facility consisted of two launch pads with 58' rail launchers, two launch equipment buildings, a launch support center and a payload assembly building
  • 18 December 1990 - First 4-stage Starbird launched from Pad 20A
  • 18 June 1991 - University-sponsored sub-orbital Joust-1 launched with Castor solid motor; failed
  • 20 August 1991 and 14 October 1991 - Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's two-stage Aries solid rocket, Red Tigress 1A and 1B, launched
  • 23 May 1991 and 28 May 1993 - Two Red Tigress II series, 2A and 2B, launched using the Starbird booster
  • 1995 - Electronic equipment and launchers removed
  • 21 January, 12 December and 13 December 2000 - Three Super Loki launched
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April 1965 - Launch Complex 20