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Eglin D-3

Viper launch complex. Site D3, Cape San Blas

Longitude: -85.3459 deg.
Latitude: 29.6773 deg.
First Launch: 1968.04.20.
Number: 1 .

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Viper-Dart American sounding rocket. Single stage sounding rocket that delivered a 1-m diameter inflatable sphere to 90 km to meaure winds aloft. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Eglin This US Air Force proving ground and missile test range, based in Valparaiso, Florida and extending over a vast expanse of the Gulf of Mexico, was founded in 1935, In early 1946 the First Experimental Guided Missiles Group was activated at Eglin. The highly-instrumented Eglin Gulf Test Range supported flight tests of Bomarc, Matador, Quail, and Hound Dog cruise missiles. Both the military and NASA used Eglin to support launch of sounding rockets in support of their programs. Eglin was known to have been used for 441 launches from 1959 to 1980, reaching up to 686 kilometers altitude. The actual number of missile tests was many times greater. More...

Eglin D-3 Chronology

1968 April 20 - . 22:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Complex: Eglin D-3. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper-Dart. LV Configuration: Viper-Dart VD-0420-15.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

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