Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 19


Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 19
Launch Complex 19
Gemini 10 launch time exposure - GPN-2006-000036.jpg
A time-lapse photograph of the configuration of Pad 19 up until the launch of Gemini 10.
Launch site Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Location 28°30′24.75″N 80°33′15.19″W / 28.506875°N 80.5542194°W / 28.506875; -80.5542194
Short name LC-19
Operator US Air Force
Total launches 27
Launch pad(s) 1
Minimum / maximum
orbital inclination
28° - 57°
Launch history
Status Inactive
First launch August 14, 1959
HGM-25A Titan I
Last launch November 11, 1966
Titan II GLV / Gemini XII
Associated rockets HGM-25A Titan I
LGM-25C Titan II
Titan II GLV

Launch Complex 19 (LC-19) is a deactivated launch site on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida used by NASA to launch all of the Gemini manned spaceflights. It was also used by unmanned Titan I and Titan II launch vehicles.

LC-19 was in use from 1959 to 1966, during which time it saw 27 launches, 10 of which were manned. The first use of LC-19 was on August 14, 1959. This was a Titan I and the mission was declared a failure after the rocket exploded while still on the pad. The first successful launch from LC-19 was also a Titan I, on February 2, 1960. The launch complex was closed following the departure of Gemini XII, on November 11, 1966.

The Gemini white room from the top of the booster erector has been partially restored and is on display at the Air Force Space & Missile Museum located at Complex 26.

The degradation of Pad 19 has been documented at http://pad19.org by a docent of the CCAFS Space and Missile Museum at http://spacemuseum.org.

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Coordinates: 28°30′25″N 80°33′16″W / 28.506882°N 80.554408°W / 28.506882; -80.554408


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