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Point Arguello Launch Complex B

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Point Arguello Launch Complex B

Launch ComplexB
Launch site Point Arguello
Short name LC-B
Operator US Air Force
Total launches 23
Launch pad(s) One
Launch history
Status Inactive
First launch 4 February 1960
Last launch 11 May 1963
Associated rockets Astrobee-1500

Launch Complex B or LC-B at the Point Arguello Naval Air Station in California, United States was a launch complex which was used for twenty three sounding rocket launches between 1960 and 1963. Astrobee-1500, Deacon-Arrow, Kiva-Hopi, Nike-Cajun, Nike-Viper, Terrier-Asp rockets were launched from the complex whilst it was active.

The complex was transferred to the Vandenberg Air Force Base as a result of a merger between it and Point Arguello in 1964, however by that time it was already inactive.

Launch history

Date/Time (GMT) Rocket Mission Remarks
4 February 1960 Nike-Viper
29 April 1960 Nike-Viper
27 June 1960 Nike-Viper
1 July 1960 Deacon-Arrow
8 July 1960 Deacon-Arrow
14 July 1960 Deacon-Arrow
20 July 1960 Nike-Cajun
12 August 1960 Kiva-Hopi
30 September 1960 Nike-Viper
12 October 1960 Kiva-Hopi
27 October 1960 Kiva-Hopi
21 November 1960 Nike-Cajun
22 November 1960 Nike-Cajun
6 December 1960, 18:44 Kiva-Hopi
14 December 1960 Kiva-Hopi
14 December 1960 Kiva-Hopi
16 December 1960 Kiva-Hopi
27 March 1961 Deacon-Arrow
14 March 1962 Terrier-Asp
9 July 1962 Astrobee-1500 Failed
5 August 1962 Kiva-Hopi
13 December 1962 Terrier-Asp
11 May 1963 Kiva-Hopi


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