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Mace
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Intermediate range cruise missile family.

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Mace American intermediate range cruise missile. Intermediate range cruise missile. Only Cape Canaveral launches are listed here, but over 30 launches were also conducted from Launch Area Able-51 by Det 1, 4504th CCTW at Holloman AFB, New Mexico from October 1959 throurgh 1963. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Cape Canaveral America's largest launch center, used for all manned launches. Today only six of the 40 launch complexes built here remain in use. Located at or near Cape Canaveral are the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, used by NASA for Saturn V and Space Shuttle launches; Patrick AFB on Cape Canaveral itself, operated the US Department of Defense and handling most other launches; the commercial Spaceport Florida; the air-launched launch vehicle and missile Drop Zone off Mayport, Florida, located at 29.00 N 79.00 W, and an offshore submarine-launched ballistic missile launch area. All of these take advantage of the extensive down-range tracking facilities that once extended from the Cape, through the Caribbean, South Atlantic, and to South Africa and the Indian Ocean. More...

Mace Chronology


1945 October 31 - . LV Family: Atlas; Mace; Matador; Navaho; Snark. Launch Vehicle: Rascal.
  • US Strategic Missile Programs Begin - . Nation: USA. Program: Navaho. Request For Proposals were issued to 17 contractors by the US Army Air Force for studies of a 10-year R&D program of four missile types. The missiles were to be air-, rail-, road-, or ship- transportable, and fit in three range categories: 280 to 800 km; 800 to 2400 km; and 2400 to 8000 km. Minimum speed was 970 kph, requiring turbojet, ramjet, or rocket propulsion.

March to April 1946 - . LV Family: Atlas; Mace; Matador; Navaho; Snark. Launch Vehicle: Rascal.
  • Army Air Force awards nine one-year missile study contracts. - . Nation: USA. Program: Navaho. The MX-770 contract for an 800-km range boost-glide missile derived from the German A9 concept went to North American; this would evolve into the Navaho triple-sonic intercontinental cruise missile. Martin received a contract for development of the MX-771, a subsonic ground-launched cruise missile with an 800-km range; it would evolve into the Matador and Mace missiles. Curtiss-Wright and Republic received contracts for the MX-772 and MX-773 surface-to-surface missiles; they never advanced beyond the initial study stage. Convair received the contract for long-range rocket-powered missiles; this evolved into the Atlas ICBM. Northrtop received the MX-775 contract for a 5000-km range cruise missile; this eventually flew as the Snark. Bell receives a contract to develop the MX-776, a 160-km range rocket-powered supersonic missile to be launched from B-29 bombers. This would evolve into the Rascal. McDonnell received a study contract for the MX-777 air-to-surface missile; this evolved into the anti-submarine 'hydrobomb' concept and was eventually transferred to the Navy. Goodyear received contracts for the MX-778 and MX-779 air-to-surface missiles; these never advanced beyond the preliminary study stage. Concurrently, the USAAF had the GARPA surface-to-air missile project underway, which would evolve into Bomarc; the USA Army the Corporal and Hermes (later Redstone) surface-to-surface missiles and the Nike and Hermes A1 surface-to-air missiles; and the Navy a range of missile technology development projects (Regulus, Bat, Kingfisher, Little Joe, Lark, Bumblebee, Gorgon, Dove).

1947 June 1 - . LV Family: Mace; Matador; Regulus 1.
  • MX-771 canceled. - . Nation: USA. Summary: The US Army cancels the Martin MX-771 tactical cruise missile, deciding it will instead procure a land-launched version of the similar Navy Regulus..

1959 October 29 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC22. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 56-2884.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1959 December 4 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC22. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 56-2893.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1960 February 11 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC22. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 57-2445.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1960 March 31 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC22. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 57-2452.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1960 April 27 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC22. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 58-1408.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1960 June 3 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC22. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 58-1391.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1960 June 24 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC22. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 56-2898.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1960 July 11 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 58-1417 (20).
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1960 September 21 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 58-1226 (21).
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1960 October 7 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 58-1427 (22).
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1960 October 21 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4976 (23).
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1960 November 15 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4980 (27).
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1960 December 16 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 56-2889 (8).
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1961 March 7 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4979 (26).
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1961 March 16 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4977 (24).
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1961 March 28 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4978 (25). FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1961 April 28 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4874 (46).
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1961 June 2 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4876 (48).
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1961 June 16 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4879 (51).
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1961 June 21 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4883 (55).
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1961 July 18 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 60-5397.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1961 August 4 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 60-5399.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1961 September 1 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 60-5398.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1961 September 22 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 60-5400.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1961 November 14 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 60-5396.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1961 December 5 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4887.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1962 January 12 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 60-5405.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1962 January 12 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 60-5401.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1962 January 24 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4885.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1962 January 26 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-2468.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1962 February 1 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 60-5403.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1962 February 8 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 60-5406.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1962 February 15 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4886.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1962 February 21 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4889.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1962 March 1 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 58-1425.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1962 March 2 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4888.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1962 October 31 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 58-1443.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1962 November 8 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4891.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1962 December 4 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/2. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4892.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1962 December 11 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/2. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4890.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1963 June 5 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 58-1423.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1963 June 12 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 58-1435.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1963 June 28 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/2. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-2484.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1963 July 17 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC21/1. Launch Pad: LC21/pad?. LV Family: Mace. Launch Vehicle: Mace. LV Configuration: Mace 59-4981.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

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