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LAUNCH COMPLEX 17 FACT SHEET

 

Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

 

LAUNCH COMPLEX 17

 

Configuration: Single Blockhouse (Original), Remote Firing Room (Current), Two Launch Pads

 

LAUNCH PAD 17A

 

Current Status: Inactive

 

First Launch: August 30, 1957

 

Final Launch: August 17, 2009

 

Number of Launches: 164

 

Vehicles Launched: Thor, Thor-Able 0, Thor-Able I, Thor-Able II, Thor-Able III, Thor-Able IV, Delta, Thor-Able Star, Delta B, Delta D, Delta C, Delta E, Delta G, Delta M, Delta N, Delta L, Delta M6, Delta 2000 Series, Delta 3000 Series, Delta II 6000 Series, Delta II 7000 Series

 

LAUNCH PAD 17B

 

Current Status: Inactive

 

First Launch: January 25, 1957

 

Final Launch: September 10, 2011

 

Number of Launches: 162

 

Vehicles Launched: Thor, Thor-Able Star, Delta, Delta A, Delta B, Delta C, Delta E, Delta G, Delta N, Delta 1000 Series, Delta 2000 Series, Delta 3000 Series, Delta 4000 Series, Delta II 6000 Series, Delta II 7000 Series, Delta III 8000 Series

 

Launch Complex 17 was built for development and testing of the Air Force Thor Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile. Once the Thor missile testing ran its course and the Thor was modified to carry space payloads, Launch Complex 17 slowly and surely was modified and grew to handle a plethora of NASA, Air Force and commercial payload applications, the vast majority of which carried the storied Delta name. Delta originated in 1960 as a Thor-based space launch vehicle, and its relatives carried the name well into the 21st century. The complex featured a single blockhouse and two launch pads, each serviced by its own mobile service tower. The blockhouse was reinforced on the outside by an earthen wall as Delta missiles grew more and more powerful. The blockhouse was used for Delta launches until 1997, when a catastrophic Delta failure rained debris on the complex, severely endangering the personnel inside the blockhouse. Although no one was injured, the blockhouse was abandoned in favor of a remote launch control room for subsequent Delta launches. Upon its retirement in 2011, Launch Complex 17 was the oldest active launch complex on Cape Canaveral, used for nearly 60 years.

 

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