Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 36

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 36

Infobox Launch Pad
name = Launch Complex 36



caption =An Atlas III launches from LC-36B
site = Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
location =28.470417°N
80.539978°W
short = LC-17
operator = US Air Force
tlaunches = 145
pads = 2
inclination = 28° - 57°
pad1 = LC-36A
pad2 = LC-36B
status = Inactive
launches =69
first = Atlas/Centaur, 18 May 1962
last = SDS-3, 31 August 2004
rockets = Atlas
Atlas II
status2 = Inactive
launches2 =76
first2 = Atlas/Centaur, 11 August 1965
last2 = NOSS-3, 3 February 2005
rockets2 = Atlas
Atlas II
Atlas III

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 36 (LC-36) was a launch complex at Cape Canaveral, Merritt Island, Florida. The complex was used for the Atlas rocket between 1962 and 2005. It was speculated that the SpaceX Falcon launch vehicles might use the launch site, however when the decision to build a Falcon launch site at Canaveral was made, LC-40 was chosen instead.

The complex consisted of two pads, LC-36A and B. Notably, the complex was the launch site for the Pioneer, Surveyor, and Mariner probes. There were 69 and 76 launches from pads 36A and 36B, respectively.

Demolition

The umbilical towers of both pads were demolished during the autumn of 2006. The mobile service towers were both demolished in controlled explosions on June 16, 2007. Tower B was demolished at 13:59 GMT (09:59 EDT) and tower A followed ten minutes later at 14:11 (10:11 EDT).

ee also

*List of Merritt Island launch sites
*Atlas (rocket family)
*Atlas (missile)
*Atlas II
*Atlas III

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