Point Arguello Launch Complex A

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Launch Complex A
Launch site Point Arguello
Vandenberg
Location 34°40′45″N 120°35′32″W / 34.6791°N 120.5922°W / 34.6791; -120.5922
Short name LC-A, PALC-A
Operator US Air Force
Total launches 39
Launch pad(s) One
Launch history
Status Inactive
First launch 14 July 1959
Last launch 25 March 1966
Associated rockets Blue Scout Junior
Astrobee-1500
Black Brant III
DAC Roc
Honest John-Nike-Nike
Javelin
Journeyman
Nike-Asp
Seagull

Launch Complex A or LC-A at the Point Arguello Naval Air Station in California, United States, subsequently Point Arguello Launch Complex A or PALC-A at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, is a launch complex which was used for a number of sounding rocket launches between 1959 and 1966. It was originally built as Launch Complex A or LC-A at the Point Arguello Naval Air Station, and was subsequently transferred to Vandenberg AFB as PALC-A following the merger of Point Arguello into Vandenberg AFB in 1964.

Blue Scout Junior, Astrobee, Black Brant, DAC Roc, Honest John-Nike-Nike, Javelin, Journeyman, Nike-Asp and Seagull rockets were launched from the complex whilst it was active.

Launch history[edit]

Date/Time (GMT) Rocket Mission Remarks
14 July 1959, 17:45 Nike-Asp
17 July 1959, 17:40 Nike-Asp Failed
24 July 1959, 16:34 Nike-Asp
7 August 1959, 17:05 Nike-Asp
14 August 1959, 16:00 Nike-Asp
22 August 1959, 02:30 Nike-Asp
24 August 1959, 22:47 Nike-Asp
28 August 1959, 16:10 Nike-Asp
31 August 1959, 22:53 Nike-Asp
1 September 1959, 01:01 Nike-Asp
1 September 1959, 19:00 Nike-Asp
2 September 1959, 00:03 Nike-Asp
19 September 1960, 16:35 Journeyman
1 August 1961, 20:18 Astrobee-1500
15 November 1961, 13:42 Journeyman
18 November 1961, 13:42 Journeyman
4 December 1961, 04:00 Blue Scout Junior O-2
8 December 1961 Astrobee-1500
31 May 1962, 17:08 Blue Scout Junior SLV-1C ERCS 279L-1
9 July 1962 Journeyman
24 July 1962, 17:29 Blue Scout Junior SLV-1C ERCS 279L-2
21 November 1962, 18:20 Blue Scout Junior SLV-1C ERCS 279L-3
19 December 1962 Blue Scout Junior SLV-1B
2 February 1963, 06:56 Blue Scout Jr SLV-1C ERCS 279L-4
12 February 1963, 01:47 Journeyman
14 March 1963, 01:01 Blue Scout Junior SLV-1C ERCS 279L-5
17 May 1963, 23:00 Blue Scout Junior SLV-1C ERCS 279L-6
1 July 1963 Black Brant III
24 October 1963 DAC Roc
7 November 1963 Black Brant III
18 November 1963 Honest John-Nike-Nike HAD-1
10 December 1963 DAC Roc
20 December 1963 Seagull
6 February 1964 Honest John-Nike-Nike HAD-2 Failed
14 March 1964 Honest John-Nike-Nike HAD-3
29 August 1964, 09:36 Blue Scout Junior SLV-1B
22 December 1964, 04:00 Blue Scout Junior Failed - premature third stage cutoff
19 March 1966, 12:31 Javelin HITAB-1
25 March 1966, 09:42 Javelin HITAB-2


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