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Bay of Biscay Launch Area


Submarine-launched ballistic missile launch area known to have been used for 4 launches from 1983 to 2005, reaching up to 800 kilometers altitude.

Longitude: -4.5000 deg.
Latitude: 47.5000 deg.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • MSBS Family of French submarine-launched ballistic missiles. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • MSBS M4 French intermediate range ballistic missile. Submarine launched; MRV. Operational. 3 stage vehicle. More...
  • MSBS M45 French intermediate range ballistic missile. Improved M-4. More...

Associated Launch Sites

Bay of Biscay Launch Area Chronology


1983 - . Launch Site: Bay of Biscay Launch Area. Launch Pad: 47.5 N x 4.5 W. Launch Platform: S655. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M4.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi). Summary: Launched from Zone de lancement SNLE, Golfe de Gascogne, Bretagne - Latitude: 47.50 N - Longitude: 4.50 W..

2001 April 17 - . 22:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Bay of Biscay Launch Area. Launch Pad: 47.5 N x 4.5 W. Launch Platform: S615. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M45. LV Configuration: MSBS M45 4.
  • M51 Research and development (to CSG) test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi). Summary: Launched from Zone de lancement SNLE, Golfe de Gascogne, Bretagne - Latitude: 47.50 N - Longitude: 4.50 W..

2004 June 1 - . 22:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Bay of Biscay Launch Area. Launch Pad: 47.5 N x 4.5 W. Launch Platform: S618. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M45. LV Configuration: MSBS M45 5.
  • ME-34 Teutates test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi). Summary: Launched from Zone de lancement SNLE, Golfe de Gascogne, Bretagne - Latitude: 47.50 N - Longitude: 4.50 W..

2005 February 1 - . Launch Site: Bay of Biscay Launch Area. Launch Pad: 47.5 N x 4.5 W. Launch Platform: S616. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M45. LV Configuration: MSBS M45 6?.
  • - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi).

2010 July 10 - . 07:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Bay of Biscay Launch Area. Launch Platform: S614. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M51.
  • RV x 6 - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Summary: Operational test..

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