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Space Launch Complex 10

Vandenberg AFB Space and Missile Heritage Center (SLC-10)
VAFB Complex 75-2

Also Known As: See launch complex highlights

Systems
  • Royal Air Force (RAF) Thor
  • Thor Burner I/Altair
  • Thor Burner II
  • Thor Burner IIA
  • Thor Block 5D-1

Other Programs

  • Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP)

Cost: Not stated

Launch Complex Highlights

  • Also known as - Space and Missile Heritage Center
  • 1958 - Built as Thor IRBM launch complex with 3 launch pads
  • Pad 6
    • Also known as - Launch Emplacement 6, LE-6, Complex 75-2-6, 4300 B-6, Space Launch Complex 10 West, SLC-10W
    • 1958 - Built as Thor IRBM launch pad
    • 14 August 1959 - Sole launch of RAF Thor
    • Pad was decommissioned and stripped of equipment after final Thor launch
    • January-March 1962 - Equipment from the dismantled pad was shipped to Johnston Island for Launch Emplacement 1 (LE-1, JI)
    • May 1963 - Equipment from the United Kingdom was shipped to Vandenberg AFB for pads 6 and 7
    • May 1963 - Pad was rebuilt to support Thor Burner
    • October 1963 - Construction complete and pad was named 4300 B-6
    • 1964 - Complex 75-2 reactivated with only two launch pads named SLC-10 West and SLC-10 East
    • 19 January 1965 - First launch, Thor Burner I/Altair
    • 31 March 1966 - Last launch, Thor Burner I/Altair
    • Total Thor Burner I launched - 6
    • 1 April 1967 - Transferred to the 10th Aerospace Defense Group
    • 16 September 1966 - First launch, Thor Burner II
    • 8 June 1971 - Last launch, Thor Burner II
    • Total Thor Burner II launched - 12
    • 14 October 1971 - First launch, Thor Burner IIA
    • 19 February 1976 - Last launch, Thor Burner IIA
    • Total Thor Burner IIA launched - 8
    • 11 September 1971 - First launch, Thor Block 5D-1
    • 1 November 1979 - Strategic Air Command 394th Training Maintenance Squadron took over the pad
    • 15 July 1980 - Last launch, Thor Block 5D-1
    • Total Thor Burner Block 5D-1 launched - 5
    • SLC-10W is deactivated
  • Pad 7
    • Also known as - Launch Emplacement 7, LE-7, Complex 75-2-7, 4300 B-7, Space Launch Complex 10 East, SLC-10E
    • 1958 - Built as Thor IRBM launch pad
    • Configured as a training site
    • 16 June 1959 - First launch, RAF Thor
    • 19 March 1962 - Last launch, RAF Thor
    • Total launches - 6 RAF Thor (5 successful, 1 unsuccessful)
    • Pad was decommissioned and stripped of equipment after final Thor launch
    • January-March 1962 - Equipment from the dismantled pad was shipped to Johnson Island for Launch Emplacement 1 (LE-1, JI)
    • May 1963 - Equipment from the United Kingdom was shipped to Vandenberg AFB for pads 6 and 7
    • SLC-10E is deactivated
  • Pad 8
    • Also known as - Launch Emplacement 8, LE-8, Complex 75-2-8, this pad is not included as part of SLC-10
    • 1958 - Built as Thor IRBM launch pad
    • 16 April 1959 - First launch, RAF Thor
    • 19 June 1962 - Last launch, RAF Thor
    • Total RAF Thor launched - 7
    • Pad 8 is deactivated
  • 1986 - Designated National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service
Connect with the Museum
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Photo Gallery
SLC 10 Blockhouse - November 2002 - Space and Missile Heritage Center

Photo Gallery
Thor Burner I 224 - Complex 4300 B-6 - 19 January 1965