LAUNCH COMPLEX 46 (TRIDENT) FACT SHEET
Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge
Configuration: Remote Firing Room, One Launch Pad
LAUNCH PAD 46 (TRIDENT)
Current Status: Inactive
First Launch (Trident): January 15, 1987
Final Launch (Trident): January 26, 1989
Number of Launches (Trident): 19
Vehicles Launched: Trident II
Launch Complex 46 was built to support land-based test launches of Navy Trident II missiles. Land-based launches were necessary to prove the reliability and characteristics of the missile in flight prior to the start of submarine-based launches. The site featured a flat pad and mobile service structure, but no blockhouse. Launches were conducted from a remote location. Launch Complex 46 is the closest launch site to the eastern tip of geographic Cape Canaveral, and is inactive today, after a brief period of use in support of Athena commercial launch activity.
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