White Sands Missile Range

White Sands Missile Range

1945 July 16: Trinity (nuclear test)
1945 July (end): 300 railroad cars of V-2 rocket components arrived at WSPG, with launches at launch complex 33.Rp|246
1945 September 26-October 25: The first firing tests of the WAC-Corporal were carried out at the WSPG.Rp|253
1st US V-2 rocket test (Hermes project, 1946)
1949: German rocket scientists of Operation Paperclip at WSPG and Fort Bliss moved to Redstone Arsenal.
1963-1966: Little Joe II Apollo program launch escape system tests at WSMR Launch Complex 36 [cite web |url=http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wstf/about/wstfcomm.html | title=WSTF Community |publisher=NASA]
1982: STS-3 landed at WSMR
1983-1993: The Simtel shareware archive was hosted at WSMR on ARPANET
1985 October 3: White Sands V-2 Launching Site (Launch Complex 33) designated a [http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=1939&ResourceType=Site National Historic Landmark] .

cite web |title=White Sands V-2 Launching Site |url=http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/aviation/whi.htm |format=html |work: Aviation: From Sand Dunes to Sonic Booms |accessdate=2008-10-07 ] gutenberg author | id=White+Sands+Missile+Range+Public+Affairs+Office | name=White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office |url=http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/278]
2004: The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics named the WSPG an Historic Aerospace Site.

cite news |title=article |date=October 2004 |magazine=Aerospace America |page=B6]
2008 November 14: NASA and a handful of community representatives broke ground at the Launch Complex-32 site for the Orion Abort Flight Test Launch Complex. [cite web |title=NASA Building Test Pad at White Sands for New Spacecraft |url=http://www.redorbit.com/news/space/1240532/nasa_building_test_pad_at_white_sands_for_new_spacecraft/index.html |format=html |work= |publisher=redOrbit |date=3 February 2008 |accessdate=2008-09-12 ]

command structure
name = White Sands Test Center
parent= ATEC
subordinate=Data Sciences Directorate
Logistics Directorate
Materiel Test Directorate
:Future Force Division
::Manned Tactical Systems Branch
Survivability, Vulnerability and Assessment Directorate
:Electromagnetic Effects Division
::Electromagnetic Radiation Branch
Office of the Project Manager for Instrumentation Targets and Threat Simulators
Test Center Safety Office

In Popular Culture

In the movie "SpaceCamp," shuttle "Atlantis" is forced to land at WSMR, and in the novel "Fire on the Mountain", WSMR is included in the story. The range's desert setting was used during the filming of the 2007 film "Transformers" as a substitute for the Middle-Eastern nation of Qatar.Fact|date=August 2008

Nearby Facilities
Holloman Air Force Base (25 mi) [http://maps.google.com/maps?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GWYG_en___US258&q=fort%20bliss&um=1&sa=N&tab=wl]
Spaceport America
Fort Bliss (60 mi) [http://maps.google.com/maps?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GWYG_en___US258&q=fort%20bliss&um=1&sa=N&tab=wl]
White Sands National Monument

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