Complex 18, Pad A
Complex 18, Pad A Zoom

We are at Complex 18, Pad A looking at a Vanguard (SLV-1, -2, -3, or -4) being prepared for launch. Note that the satellite is visible atop the rocket. This is a Vanguard 2 (21-inch) satellite, the follow-on to the original (6-inch) satellite.

The launch stand, umbilical tower, and equipment house are plainly visible at the right side of the photo. The Mobile Service Tower (MST) has been temporarily rolled a short distance away, and is visible to the left. Atop the MST is a crane used to erect the Vanguard. In between the MST and the launch stand, the blockhouse is visible in the distance.

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Photo courtesy of Jerry Tritto
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