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LAUNCH COMPLEX 9/10 FACT SHEET

 

Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

 

LAUNCH COMPLEX 9/10

 

Configuration: Single Blockhouse, Two Launch Pads

 

LAUNCH PAD 9

 

Current Status: Inactive

 

First Launch: November 6, 1956

 

Final Launch: November 18, 1958

 

Number of Launches: 11

 

Vehicles Launched: Navaho XSM-64

 

LAUNCH PAD 10

 

Current Status: Inactive

 

First Launch: August 14, 1958

 

Final Launch: April 27, 1959

 

Number of Launches: 9

 

Vehicles Launched: Jason, Alpha Draco

 

Launch Complex 9/10 was built in support of the Air Force Navaho XSM-64 missile program. Navaho XSM-64 launches were conducted from Launch Pad 9, a fixed concrete launch pedestal served by a single mobile service tower. Launch Pad 10 was designed to test the ground-based tactical launcher for the Navaho XSM-64. It was a flat pad. Although Launch Pad 10 did support ground-based testing of design and facilities, it never supported any Navaho XSM-64 launches. The flat pad of existing Launch Pad 10 did support launches of Jason and Alpha Draco launch vehicles upon the conclusion of the Navaho XSM-64 program. The Launch Pad 9 concrete launch pedestal is preserved in an abandoned state, as is the Launch Complex 9/10 blockhouse. Launch Pad 10 was built over by Minuteman missile Launch Complex 31/32, but elements of the original Launch Pad 10 and support structures at ground level are still visible.

 

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