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WTR Launch Area


Longitude: -120.0000 deg.
Latitude: 35.0000 deg.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Polaris Probably the most technically innovative program in history, Polaris integrated solid-propellant, inertially-guided intermediate range ballistic missiles with nuclear submarines that could remain submerged for months at a time. All of these were new technologies, but the first ship was underway only three years after go-ahead. More...
  • Trident US Navy submarine-launched ballistic missiles, which superseded the Polaris. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Polaris A2 American missile. In comparison to the A-1, the Polaris A-2 had a slightly longer first stage and a lighter second-stage motor casing. These features increased range to 2800 km (1500 nm), the performance originally envisioned by the Navy. More...
  • Polaris A3 American missile. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x A3P + 1 x X-260 More...
  • Poseidon American submarine-launched ballistic missile. SLBM, 2 stages, inertial guided, nuclear MIRV warhead, range that of twice Polaris A-3. More...
  • M55E1 American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x M55E1 + 1 x SR19AJ1 More...
  • Trident C-4 American intercontinental ballistic missile. 3 stages, inertial guided, warhead: nuclear MIRV. Could replace Poseidon in existing submarine launch tubes. More...
  • Trident D-5 American intercontinental range, submarine-launched ballistic missile. Deployed March 1990 aboard the new Ohio-class submarines. 336 remain in service in the 2010's as America's seaborne nuclear deterrent. More...

WTR Launch Area Chronology


1962 Q4 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 608?. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A2.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1962 Q4 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 608?. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A2.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1962 Q4 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 608?. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A2.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1962 Q4 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 608?. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A2.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1971 April 15 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: EAG-154. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A2.
  • Safeguard M1-7 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1971 May 7 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: EAG-154. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A2.
  • Safeguard M1-8 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1971 November 7 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: EAG-154. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A2.
  • Safeguard M2-5 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1971 November 12 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: EAG-154. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A2.
  • Safeguard M2-8 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1971 December 8 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: EAG-154. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3.
  • Safeguard M2-3 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 February 6 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 598. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 February 6 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 598. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 February 6 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 598. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 February 6 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 598. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 February 6 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 598. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 June 9 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 599. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 June 9 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 599. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 June 9 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 599. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 June 9 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 599. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 June 9 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 599. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 September 8 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: C-5A. Launch Vehicle: M55E1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1974 October 15 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 601. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 October 15 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 601. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 October 15 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 601. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 October 15 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 601. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 October 15 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 601. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1974 October 24 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: C-5A. Launch Vehicle: M55E1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1975 June 18 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 602. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1975 June 18 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 602. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1975 June 18 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 602. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1975 June 18 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 602. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1975 June 18 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 602. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1976 January 20 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 608. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1976 January 20 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 608. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1976 January 24 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 600. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1976 January 24 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 600. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1976 September 2 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 610. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1976 September 2 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 610. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1976 September 7 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 609. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1976 September 7 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 609. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1976 November 23 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 655. Launch Vehicle: Poseidon.
  • FOT-25? Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1976 November 23 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 655. Launch Vehicle: Poseidon.
  • FOT-25? Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1977 June 16 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 610. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T?.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1977 June 16 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 610. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T?.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1977 June 16 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 610. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T?.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1977 June 16 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 610. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T?.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1977 June 16 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 610. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3T?.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1978 July 7 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 618. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3TA.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1978 July 7 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 618. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3TA.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1978 July 12 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 611. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3TA.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1978 July 12 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 611. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3TA.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1978 July 12 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 611. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3TA.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1979 April 4 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 608. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3TA.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1979 April 4 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 608. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3TA.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1979 April 11 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 599. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3TA.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1979 April 11 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 599. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3TA.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1979 April 11 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 599. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. LV Configuration: Polaris A3TA.
  • Follow-on operational missile test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1983 December 6 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident C-4.
  • WTR to Wake - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1984 June 3 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident C-4.
  • WTR to Wake - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1984 July 2 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident C-4.
  • WTR to Wake? - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1988 May 14 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN ?. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident C-4.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1991 March 19 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN ?. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident C-4.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1991 March 19 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN ?. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident C-4.
  • Operational test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2004 November 1 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 733. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5. LV Configuration: Trident D-5 FCET-32.
  • 108ss - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2004 November 1 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN 733. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5. LV Configuration: Trident D-5 FCET-32.
  • 107ss - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2005? - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN UNK. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2006 June 20 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN UNK. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2006 June 20 - . Launch Site: WTR Launch Area. Launch Platform: SSBN UNK. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

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