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Vandenberg PLC-C


Tomahawk Sandia, Aerobee launch complex. Probe Launch Complex C

Longitude: -120.6284 deg.
Latitude: 34.6095 deg.
First Launch: 1971.06.29.
Last Launch: 1975.12.12.
Number: 6 .

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Aerobee 170 American sounding rocket. Two stage sounding rocket consisting of a solid Nike booster paired with an Aerobee 150 liquid-propellant second stage. More...
  • Ute Tomahawk American sounding rocket. The Ute (TU-715) motor was developed from the Genie motor baseline to serve as a first stage booster in the Ute-Tomahawk sounding rocket vehicle. 2 stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Ute + 1 x Tomahawk More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Vandenberg Vandenberg Air Force Base is located on the Central Coast of California about 240 km northwest of Los Angeles. It is used for launches of unmanned government and commercial satellites into polar orbit and intercontinental ballistic missile test launches toward the Kwajalein Atoll. More...

Vandenberg PLC-C Chronology


1971 June 29 - . 13:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg PLC-C. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 170. LV Configuration: Aerobee 170 CRL A04.116-1.
  • CHASER 1 ABM infrared sensor technology mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 161 km (100 mi).

1971 November 24 - . 06:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg PLC-C. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 170. LV Configuration: Aerobee 170 CRL A04.116-3.
  • CHASER 2 ABM infrared sensor technology mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 145 km (90 mi).

1972 June 20 - . 16:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg PLC-C. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 170. LV Configuration: Aerobee 170 CRL A04.116-3. FAILURE: Failure.
  • CHASER ABM infrared sensor technology mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 8.00 km (4.90 mi).

1972 October 11 - . 11:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg PLC-C. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 170. LV Configuration: Aerobee 170 CRL A04.116-4.
  • CHASER ABM infrared sensor technology mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 151 km (93 mi).

1975 August 15 - . 05:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg PLC-C. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Paiute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Paiute Tomahawk CRL A10.406-2.
  • ESCAPE I (Sphere) Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFSC. Apogee: 272 km (169 mi).

1975 December 12 - . 05:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg PLC-C. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.406-1.
  • ESCAPE II (Sphere) Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFSC. Apogee: 164 km (101 mi).

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