Point Arguello is a headland used as a space launch site by the United States Navy. Point Arguello was first used in 1959 for the launch of military and sounding rockets. It was transferred to the United States Air Force in 1964, at which time it became part of Vandenberg Air Force Base.
There were six launchpads at Point Arguello. It was located south of Vandenberg Air Force Base, and was named by George Vancouver for José Darío Argüello, a Spanish frontier soldier who was Commandant of the Presidio of Santa Barbara and acting governor of Alta California.
Rockets listed in italics were launched from the complex after its transfer to Vandenberg AFB in 1964.
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- Day, Dwayne. "Vandenberg Air Force Base". Spaceflight. US Centennial of Flight Commission. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
- Gudde, Erwin; William Bright (2004). California Place Names (Fourth ed. ed.). University of California Press. p. 17. ISBN 0-520-24217-3.
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