Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 1

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Launch Complex 1
Launch complexes at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.jpg
Map of launch complexes at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. LC-1 is at the farthest point east.
Launch siteCape Canaveral Air Force Station
Location28°27′54″N 80°32′15″W / 28.46500°N 80.53750°W / 28.46500; -80.53750Coordinates: 28°27′54″N 80°32′15″W / 28.46500°N 80.53750°W / 28.46500; -80.53750
Short nameLC-1
OperatorUnited States Air Force
Total launches~66
Launch pad(s)1
Min / max
orbital inclination
28° - 57°
Launch history
First launchSnark, January 13, 1955
Last launchSnark, December 5, 1960

Launch Complex 1 (LC-1) is a deactivated US Air Force launch site on the eastern tip of Cape Canaveral at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. It was constructed, with launch complexes 2, 3, and 4, in the early 1950s for the Snark missile program.[1]

The first launch from this site was a Snark test, conducted on January 13, 1955. The complex was used for Snark missions until 1960, and then was utilized as a helicopter pad during Project Mercury. The final use of the site was from 1983-1989 for tethered aerostat balloon radar missions.[2]


  1. ^ Svirskas, Rob (September 14, 2008). "Complexes 1-4". Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Virtual Tour. Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  2. ^ Pike, John (April 27, 2005). "Complexes 1 & 2 -- Cape Canaveral Air Station". Retrieved January 25, 2010.

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