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Launch Complex 13

Launch Complex 13 Systems

Other Programs

  • Monkey "Goliath"
  • VELA
  • Lunar Orbiter
  • Mariner
  • Orbiting Geophysical Observatory (OGO) E
  • Classified Department of Defense programs

Cost: $4,521,866

Launch Complex Highlights

  • April 1956 - Construction started
  • 14 April 1958 - Air Force accepted the launch complex
  • 2 August 1958 - First of two Atlas B launches
  • 14 April 1959 - 11 March 1960 - Thirteen Atlas D launches
  • 15 February 1960 - Atlas Able exploded during static firing
  • 11 October 1960 - 13 February 1962 - Fourteen Atlas E launches
  • 10 November 1961 - Monkey "Goliath" launched on Atlas E; mission failed
  •  9 August 1961 - One Atlas F launched
  • 1962-1963 - Pad converted into an Atlas Agena D complex for space launches. The A-frame Mobile Service Tower was demolished and a new larger, square-shaped structure was built.
  • 17 October 1963 - 20 July 1965 - Three VELA launches (two satellites each)
  • 5 November 1964 - NASA Mariner 3 mission launched by an Atlas Agena
  • 1966 - Launch complex turned over to NASA for civilian Atlas Agena D launches
  • 6 November 1966 - 4 March 1968 - Six NASA Atlas Agena D launched; five Lunar Orbiter and one Orbiting Geophysical Observatory E
  • March 1968 - Returned to Air Force
  • 6 August 1968 - 7 April 1978 - Eleven classified Atlas Agena D launches for the Air Force
  • 7 April 1978 - Launch complex deactivated after the last launch. Supported 51 Atlas and Atlas Agena launches
  • 6 August 2005 - Mobile Service Tower came down by a controlled explosion
  • June 2012 - Blockhouse demolished
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21 June 1966 - Launch Complex 13