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Fort Wingate



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Fort Wingate
Credit: © Mark Wade
Military testing range. In use from 1958 to present. Known to have been used for 71 major launches from 1960 to 2002, reaching up to 250 kilometers altitude.

Location: Fort Wingate Depot Activity, New Mexico.
Longitude: -108.5994 deg.
Latitude: 35.4487 deg.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Apache The Apache upper stage was an improved version of the Cajun. The Thiokol engine used aluminised polyurethane propellant with a higher specific impulse and phenolic lining in the steel nozzle. Cost to NASA was $ 6,000 per rocket. The Apache could be used in a single stage version, but was normally used with a booster stage, usually the Nike. More...
  • Pershing US Army tactical missile, the first and only solid-fueled Medium Range Ballistic Missile deployed by the U.S. Army. It was in service for almost 30 years until all nuclear MRBMs were phased out and destroyed according to arms reduction treaties. 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 Vehicles
  • 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...
  • Nike Apache American sounding rocket. The most popular sounding rocket introduced during the early 1960's was this two-stage, solid-propellant vehicle consisting of a Nike booster and Apache upper stage. More...
  • Hera American target missile. Two stage vehicle used as a target for test of anti-ballistic missile systems. The vehicle consisted of surplus Minuteman 2 second and third stages (SR19AJ1 + M57A1). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • USA SMDC American agency. US Army Space and Missile Defense Command, USA. More...

Associated Launch Sites

Fort Wingate Chronology


1960 July 6 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 1019.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Successful missile test. Missed aimpoint by 176 m..

1961 July 6 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 1005.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Successful missile test. Missed aimpoint by 266 m..

1961 August 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 1009. FAILURE: Human error in laying launch azimuth. Drop in inter-compartment pressure suspected..
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Missile test failure. Missed aimpoint by 5,085 m..

1961 September 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 1006.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Successful missile test. Missed aimpoint by 196 m..

1961 October 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 1012.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Successful missile test. Missed aimpoint by 197 m..

1961 December 15 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 1008.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Successful missile test. Missed aimpoint by 82 m..

1962 June 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 1014.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Successful missile test. Missed aimpoint by 378 m..

1962 July 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 1017.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Successful missile test. Missed aimpoint by 390 m..

1962 August 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 1015. FAILURE: Human error in repair of pitch .potentiometer..
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Missile test failure. Missed aimpoint by 3,191 m..

1962 August 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 1007.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Successful missile test. Missed aimpoint by 167 m..

1963 August 5 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 2033.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Successful missile test. Missed aimpoint by 216 m..

1963 August 19 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 2008.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Successful missile test. Missed aimpoint by 267 m..

1963 September 10 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 2015. FAILURE: Control system malfunction immediately prior to impact..
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Missile test failure. Missed aimpoint by 4,393 m..

1963 September 23 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 2044.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Successful missile test. Missed aimpoint by 63 m..

1963 October 5 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Redstone. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. LV Configuration: Redstone 2005.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Successful missile test. Missed aimpoint by 131 m..

1963 October 14 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • X-64 Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1963 October 16 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • X-65 Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1963 October 18 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • X-66 Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1963 October 21 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • X-67 Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1963 October 23 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1. FAILURE: Failure.
  • X-68 FW-5 Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1963 October 28 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • X-69 Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1963 November 14 - . 14:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • X-70 41st Field Army Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1963 November 20 - . 17:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • X-71 41st Field Army FW-8 Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1963 December 5 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • X-72 41st Field Army Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1964 January 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • dubious - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1964 February 24 - . 14:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • X-73 Fort Sill Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1964 February 25 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1. FAILURE: Failure.
  • X-75 operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1964 February 25 - . 00:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • X-74 Fort Sill Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1964 February 28 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • X-76 operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1964 March 25 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • dubious launch report - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1964 March 28 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • dubious launch report - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1964 April 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • dubious - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1964 April 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • dubious - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1964 July 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • dubious - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1964 July 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1.
  • dubious - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1965 January 28 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1. LV Configuration: Pershing 1 - T1.
  • X-85 Fort Sill Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1965 February 3 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1. LV Configuration: Pershing 1 - T3.
  • X-87 FtSill - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1965 February 3 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1. LV Configuration: Pershing 1 - T2.
  • X-86 FtSill - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1965 February 12 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1. LV Configuration: Pershing 1 - T4.
  • X-88 Fort Sill Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1966 March 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 March 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 April 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 April 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 May 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 May 4 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS-22. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1966 June 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 June 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 July 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 July 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 July 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 July 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 August 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 August 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 August 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 September 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1966 September 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1967 July 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1967 July 1 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache BMTS.
  • Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA BMO. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1976 June 29 - . 13:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1A.
  • P-334 US7A Wingate - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1976 June 29 - . 14:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1A.
  • P-335 US7A Wingate - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1997 November 17 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Hera. LV Configuration: Hera 8. FAILURE: Failure.
  • MTV - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

1998 March 2 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Hera. LV Configuration: Hera 9.
  • MBRV-3 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1998 December 14 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Hera. LV Configuration: Hera 11. FAILURE: Failure.
  • PAC-3 SCF Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

1999 March 15 - . 13:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Hera. LV Configuration: Hera 12.
  • BRV/PAC-3 SCF Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 94 km (58 mi).

1999 May 25 - . 11:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Hera. LV Configuration: Hera 14. FAILURE: Failure.
  • BRV/THAAD Target 5 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 92 km (57 mi).

1999 September 16 - . 13:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Hera. LV Configuration: Hera 17.
  • BRV/PAC-3 DT-3 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SMDC. Apogee: 95 km (59 mi).

2000 February 5 - . 14:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Hera. LV Configuration: Hera 18.
  • MBRV-3/PAC-3 DT-5 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SSDC. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

2000 October 14 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Storm-2. LV Configuration: Storm-2 MTTV.
  • PAC-3 DT-6 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SSDC. Apogee: 104 km (64 mi).

2001 March 31 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Hera. LV Configuration: Hera 19/MBRV-3.
  • MBRV-3/PAC-3 DT-8a Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SSDC. Apogee: 114 km (70 mi).

2001 July 9 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Hera. LV Configuration: Hera 20/MBRV-1E.
  • MBRV-1E/PAC DT/OT-9a Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SSDC. Apogee: 145 km (90 mi).

2002 March 21 - . 14:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Hera. LV Configuration: Hera 21/MBRV-3.
  • PAC-3 OT/DT-1 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SSDC. Apogee: 114 km (70 mi).

2009 March 25 - . 13:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Vehicle: Hera.
  • PAC-3 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Summary: Target.

2009 September 16 - . 13:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Hera. LV Configuration: Hera JASDF Target.
  • PAC-3 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2009 October 15 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Hera. LV Configuration: Hera ATM-48 Target.
  • PAC-2 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2011 March 2 - . 13:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Vehicle: Juno.
  • Patriot Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

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