Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Launch Pads 5, 6, 13, 14, 19, 26, 34 and Mission Control Center, Cocoa, Florida

Photos 

Cape Canaveral Air Station, Launch Complex 17

1. GENERAL CONTEXT VIEW SHOWING PARKING AREA EAST OF 36009 WITH 36006 AT CENTER

Photo from the Historic American Engineering Record

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Map 

Description 

Launch Complex 17 has played a key role in the American space program by supporting over 260 launches since 1957. Constructed in 1956 and 1957, the complex originally supported the Air Force's Thor IRBM research and development program. In the late 1950s, the complex began supporting space launches as well. The early space launches at the complex involved Thor boosters in combinations with various upper stages. The Delta space launch vehicle made its debut at the complex in May 1960. Since April of 1965, the complex has exclusively supported Delta space launches. Included among the wide variety of payloads launched at Complex 17 are important research, weather, communication, application, and military satellites, many of which were the first ever of their type. Through continuous upgrades, Launch Complex 17 continues to be a vital space launch facility. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER FL-8-5)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 16, 1984
Reference number
84003872
Areas of significance
Engineering; Transportation; Science; Communications
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic functions
Air facility; Park
Current functions
Air facility; Park
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1975-2000; 1925-1949
Significant year
1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing structures: 6

Update Log 

  • July 16, 2014: New photo from Michael Miller

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