Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 6

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Launch Complex 6
Launch site Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Location 28°26′27″N 80°34′22″W / 28.44083°N 80.57278°W / 28.44083; -80.57278Coordinates: 28°26′27″N 80°34′22″W / 28.44083°N 80.57278°W / 28.44083; -80.57278
Short name LC-6
Operator US Army (ABMA)
Total launches 43
Launch pad(s) 1
Launch history
Status Inactive
First launch Redstone 7
20 April 1955
Last launch Redstone Training #23
27 June 1961
PGM-11 Redstone
PGM-19 Jupiter

Launch Complex 6 (LC-6) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida is a launch site used by Redstone and Jupiter series rockets and missiles. It is on the south end of Cape Canaveral, close to Launch Complex 5, with which it shared a blockhouse. With LC-5, it was the location of the first tests of the mobile launch concept designed by Kurt H. Debus.[citation needed] This concept was revised and improved and eventually used at LC-39 for the Saturn V and Space Shuttle.

LC-6 was deactivated in 1961. The blockhouse and a 61.96 m (203.3 ft) square concrete pad are the only parts of the complex that remain intact, although the mobile service tower was under restoration as of 2011. The complex is part of the "Cape Canaveral: Then and Now" tour, available from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.


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