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LAUNCH COMPLEX 31/32 FACT SHEET

 

Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

 

LAUNCH COMPLEX 31/32

 

Configuration: Two Blockhouses, Two Flat Launch Pads, Two Silos

 

LAUNCH PAD 31A

 

Current Status: Inactive

 

First Launch: February 1, 1961

 

Final Launch: March 14, 1970

 

Number of Launches: 4

 

Vehicles Launched: Minuteman I, Minuteman II

 

SILO 31B

 

Current Status: Contains remains of Space Shuttle Challenger

 

First Launch: December 18, 1961

 

Final Launch: September 23, 1969

 

Number of Launches: 35

 

Vehicles Launched: Minuteman I, Minuteman II, Minuteman III

 

LAUNCH PAD 32A

 

Current Status: Inactive

 

First Launch: Never Used

 

Final Launch: Never Used

 

Number of Launches: None

 

Vehicles Launched: None

 

SILO 32B

 

Current Status: Contains remains of Space Shuttle Challenger

 

First Launch: August 30, 1961

 

Last Launch: December 14, 1970

 

Number of Launches: 53

 

Vehicles Launched: Minuteman I, Minuteman II, Minuteman III

 

Launch Complex 31/32 was built in support of Minuteman missile testing. The site was constructed over existing Launch Complex 9/10, although elements of Launch Complex 9/10 remained intact. Launch Complex 31/32 featured two bee-hive style blockhouses, one serving Launch Pad 31A and Silo 31B and the other serving Launch Pad 32A and Silo 32B. Each missile silo was approximately 80 feet deep and 8 feet in diameter, and included underground equipment and access rooms. The silos were intended to come as close as possible to conditions under which the missiles would actually be deployed. Today, the two blockhouses are abandoned but remain intact, as do the flat pads and silos. In 1986, the Minuteman silos were filled with the remains of Space Shuttle Challenger, and sealed with large cement lids. These remains are expected to be stored there indefinitely.

 

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