Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 37

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Space Launch Complex 37
Liftoff for a Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) after its launch tower.jpg
The launch of GOES-N atop a Delta IV, from SLC-37B in 2006
Launch site Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Location 28.531986°N
Short name SLC-37
Operator United States Air Force
Total launches 37
Launch pad(s) 2
Min / max
orbital inclination
28° - 57°
LC-37A launch history
Status Demolished
Launches 0
First launch Unused
Saturn I
Saturn IB
SLC-37B launch history
Status Active
Launches 37
First launch 29 January 1964
Saturn I / SA-5
Last launch 19 March 2017
Delta IV-M+ (5,4) / [WGS-9)]
Saturn I
Saturn IB
Delta IV (current)

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 37[1][2] (SLC-37), previously Launch Complex 37 (LC-37), is a launch complex on Cape Canaveral, Florida. Construction began in 1959 and the site was accepted by NASA to support the Saturn I program in 1963.[3] The complex consists of two launch pads. LC-37A has never been used, but LC-37B launched unmanned Saturn I flights (1964 to 1965) and was modified and launched Saturn IB flights (1966 to 1968), including the first (unmanned) test of the Apollo Lunar Module in space.[3] It was deactivated in 1972. In 2001 it was modified as the launch site for Delta IV, a launch system operated by United Launch Alliance.

The original layout of the launch complex featured one Mobile Service Structure which could be used to service or mate a rocket on either LC-37A or 37B, but not on both simultaneously. The Delta IV Mobile Service Tower is 330 ft (100 m) tall, and fitted to service all Delta IV configurations, including the Delta IV Heavy.[4]

Launch history[edit]

Apollo 5 at LC-37B in 1968


All flights operated by NASA.

Date Launch vehicle Payload Mission/function Remarks
Jan. 29, 1964 Saturn I none SA-5 First live S-IV second stage
May 28, 1964 Saturn I BP-13 boilerplate CSM A-101 (SA-6) First boilerplate CSM
Sept. 18, 1964 Saturn I BP-15 boilerplate CSM A-102 (SA-7)
Feb. 16, 1965 Saturn I Pegasus A and BP-16 boilerplate CSM A-103 (SA-9) Pegasus studied micrometeoroid impacts
May 25, 1965 Saturn I Pegasus B and BP-26 boilerplate CSM A-104 (SA-8)
July 30, 1965 Saturn I Pegasus C and BP-9A boilerplate CSM A-105 (SA-10)
July 5, 1966 Saturn IB none AS-203 Test of S-IVB; informally called Apollo 3
Jan. 22, 1968 Saturn IB LM-1 Apollo 5 Test of the first lunar module



See also[edit]


  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan (1998-02-22). "Issue 350". Jonathan's Space Report. Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  2. ^ DELTA-IV HEAVY TO LAUNCH LAST DSP SATELLITE Archived September 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b "Complex 37 -- Cape Canaveral Air Station". Federation of American Scientists ( 2000-06-16. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Boeing, Raytheon Top Off Nation's Newest Launch Tower". Boeing. March 2, 2000. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. 

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Coordinates: 28°31′55″N 80°34′01″W / 28.531986°N 80.566821°W / 28.531986; -80.566821