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Cape Canaveral LC4


Redstone, Matador, Bomarc launch complex. This complex was built to support the Bomarc interceptor missile program, but also supported Bumper, Jason, Redstone, X-17 and Polaris ballistic missile operations. The Air Force accepted Complex 4 in 1952. Following the last Bomarc launch in April 1960, some Bomarc support facilities were converted into a medical support area for Project Mercury. Later the complex supported tethered aerostat programs from 1983 through 1989.

Longitude: -80.5356 deg.
Latitude: 28.4669 deg.
First Launch: 1952.09.10.
Last Launch: 1960.04.15.
Number: 25 .

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Matador American intermediate range cruise missile. Glenn L. Martin Co. surface-to-surface cruise missile (Matador / Project MX-771). More...
  • Bomarc USAF Mach 3 ramjet surface-to-air missile; later converted to target missiles and launched from Vandenberg AFB. More...
  • Redstone Redstone was the first large liquid rocket developed in the US using German V-2 technology. Originally designated Hermes C. Redstones later launched the first US satellite and the first American astronaut into space. 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...

Cape Canaveral LC4 Chronology


1952 September 10 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 621-1. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1953 August 20 - . 14:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone RS-1. FAILURE: Control System malfunction followed by Power Plant malfunction at approximately 80 sec. Ground cut-off command given... Failed Stage: G.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi). Summary: Redstone missile No. 1 was fired by Army Redstone Arsenal personnel at AFMTC, Cape Canaveral. Missile test failure. Missed aimpoint by 240,000 m..

1954 January 27 - . 15:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone RS-2.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Successful missile test. Missed aimpoint by 8,400 m..

1954 May 5 - . 17:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone RS-3. FAILURE: Ejector burnout immediately following lift-off.. Failed Stage: 1.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi). Summary: Missile test failure. Missed aimpoint by 277,000 m..

1954 August 18 - . 14:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone RS-4. FAILURE: Steam generator regulator malfunction caused drop in combustion pressure..
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Missile test failure. Missed aimpoint by 19,200 m..

1954 November 17 - . 18:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone RS-6. FAILURE: Ground programmed yaw maneuver caused missile control loss at 80 sec causing power plant erratic behavior. Human error in selection of yaw maneuver impulse.. Failed Stage: G.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi). Summary: Missile test failure. Missed aimpoint by 166,300 m..

1955 February 9 - . 20:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone RS-8. FAILURE: Separation bolt No. 3 failure. Inverter frequency shift.. Failed Stage: 1.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi). Summary: Missile test failure. Missed aimpoint by 23,400 m..

1955 May 6 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Matador. Launch Vehicle: Matador. LV Configuration: Matador GM-52-1895.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1956 February 2 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 623-13.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1956 May 21 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 623-16. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1957 April 17 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 624-1.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1957 July 22 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 624-7.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1958 May 1 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 624-19.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1958 August 7 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 624-XY1.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi). Summary: First launching of USAF Bomarc interceptor missile from Cape Canaveral on a signal sent by the SAGE Control Center at Kingston, N.Y..

1958 September 24 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 624-XY4.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1958 October 21 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 624-XY6.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1958 November 21 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 624-XY7.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1958 December 13 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 624-XY8.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1959 January 27 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 624-XY16.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1959 April 21 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 624-XY15.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1959 May 27 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 631-1.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1959 September 2 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 631-4.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1959 October 28 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 631-5.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1960 January 29 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. Launch Pad: LC4?. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 631-6.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1960 April 15 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. LV Family: Bomarc. Launch Vehicle: Bomarc. LV Configuration: Bomarc 631-8.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

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