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White Sands LC50


Sprint, HIBEX launch complex. West Center 50 was located in the central portion of the range near Rhodes Canyon. The facility included a hardened blockhouse to accommodate test of Sprint short-range anti-ballistic missiles without a destruct charge. The only missiles (with the possible exception of a HIBEX) that were ever launched from LC50 were Sprints (except for other small missile launched from there in later years). LC-50 was a mound built up in the desert with a ramp up to it coming from the south-southwest. The mound originally had three launch cells. One was destroyed by an explosion of FLA-3 in the cell. It was fenced and locked.

Longitude: -106.3488 deg.
Latitude: 32.4064 deg.
First Launch: 1965.05.26.
Last Launch: 1970.08.12.
Number: 43 .

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • HIBEX American anti-ballistic missile. Hibex was a 5.2 m long test vehicle used by the Army in a series of research experiments investigating high performance missile boosters. During mid-1960's experimental flights at White Sands, Hibex was fired successfully from underground cells and above-ground launch sites. More...
  • Sprint Nuclear-armed point defense anti-ballistic missile, an incredible high-acceleration weapon that would intercept incoming Soviet ICBMs in the atmosphere within 15 seconds of launch. Deployment limited by arms agreements and only 70 were briefly in service in 1975-1976. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • White Sands White Sands Missile Range occupies an area 160 x 65 km in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico, across the Sacramento Mountain range from Roswell. In the 1930's, Robert Goddard, after surveying weather conditions and population densities, had selected Roswell for his pioneering rocket tests. White Sands, a true desert area, was even more unpopulated than Roswell. German advances in rocketry during World War II impelled the US Army to begin programs to exploit this technology. The White Sands Proving Ground was established for testing German and American long-range rockets on 9 July 1945. Seven days later the first atomic bomb was exploded at Trinity Site, near the north boundary of the range. The first launch of a Tiny Tim rocket was on 26 September 1945. On 11 October a Tiny Tim boosted a WAC Corporal rocket from the tower. This was the first use of Launch Complex 33, later to be used for V-2, Nike, Viking, Corporal, Lance and Multiple Launch Rocket System testing. More...

White Sands LC50 Chronology


1965 May 26 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 3.00 km (1.80 mi).

1965 October 28 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
  • HIBEX test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1965 November 15 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 3.00 km (1.80 mi).

1966 January 25 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-2. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1966 May 3 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-4. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1966 August 2 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-5. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1966 November 3 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-6. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1967 April 18 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-9. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1967 May 23 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-10. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1967 July 18 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-8.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1967 August 8 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-11.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1967 September 19 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-12. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1967 October 10 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-7.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1967 October 31 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-14.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1967 November 20 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-15. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1967 December 11 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-13.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1968 February 5 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-16. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 3.00 km (1.80 mi).

1968 February 26 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-17.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1968 March 25 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-18. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1968 April 22 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-19. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1968 June 27 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-20.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1968 July 29 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-21.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1968 August 22 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-22.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1968 September 9 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-23.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1968 October 8 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-24.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1968 October 28 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-25.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1968 December 2 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-26. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1969 February 10 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-27.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1969 March 17 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-30. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1969 April 21 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-28.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1969 May 26 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-31.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1969 June 23 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-29.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1969 July 22 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-32.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1969 September 15 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-35.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1969 October 6 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-36. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1969 October 23 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-38.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1969 November 6 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-33. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1969 December 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-34. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1970 March 17 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-39. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1970 May 28 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-42.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1970 June 8 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-44.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1970 June 29 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-43.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1970 August 12 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: Sprint. LV Configuration: Sprint ABM FLA-45.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

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