The events on this day in history for our heritage companies are noted below:
The earliest event was in 1959, the latest event was in 2014.
Military and Classified Programs:
1965 – LAUNCH: Snapshot, GD Atlas SLV-3/Lockheed Agena D, SLC4E, VAFB – only orbiting nuclear reactor in history, intended to power an ion engine
2014 – LAUNCH: LM DMSP 5D-3 F19, ULA Atlas V 401, SLC3W, VAFB
Exploration and Interplanetary Programs:
Earth-Monitoring and Civil Weather Satellite programs:
1996 – LAUNCH: LM Inmarsat-3 F1 LM Atlas IIA, LC36A, CCAFS
Test, ICBM, FBM programs:
1959 – LAUNCH: Martin Titan I, LC15, CCAFS
1963 – Site construction for MM Titan II ICBM squadrons completed (Davis-Monthan, McConnell, and Little Rock AFBs)
1964 – LAUNCH FAILURE: GD Atlas F, OSTF-2, VAFB – FAILURE
1967 – LAUNCH: Lockheed Polaris A3, SSBN657, ETR
The photos today are of the launch of Snapshot by Atlas/Agena D in 1965 (SNAP 10-A – Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power) and the actual spacecraft before launch.