Launch Complex 3
Launch of Bumper 8 from LC-3. This was the first launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch siteCape Canaveral Space Force Station
LocationCape Canaveral, Florida
Short nameLC-3
OperatorUS Space Force
Total launches77
Launch pad(s)1
Launch history
First launchBumper-8 (July 24, 1950)
Last launchBOMARC (August 12, 1959)
UGM-27 Polaris
Lockheed X-17

Launch Complex 3 (LC-3) is a deactivated launch site southeast of SLC-36 on Cape Canaveral, Florida at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. It was constructed, with launch complexes 1, 2, and 4, in the early 1950s for the Snark missile program.[1]

It was formerly used to launch Bumper, BOMARC, UGM-27 Polaris, and Lockheed X-17 missiles. The pad was also the site of the first launch from Cape Canaveral, a Bumper rocket on July 24, 1950. The site also served as a medical support facility during Project Mercury.[2]

In 2023, after weeks of searching, students from the University of Central Florida, working with archaeologists, discovered the site of the original blockhouse supporting the first Bumper launch just north of the pad at LC-3, including the slab foundation and some of the surrounding Marston mat, all long-buried under heavy scrub.[3]


  1. ^ Svirskas, Rob (September 14, 2008). "Complexes 1-4". Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Virtual Tour. Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  2. ^ Pike, John (April 27, 2005). "Complexes 3 & 4 -- Cape Canaveral Air Station". Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  3. ^ "Long-lost blockhouse site from historic Bumper 8 rocket launch located at Cape Canaveral". Retrieved 2023-04-08.

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