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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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