Teslarati's SpaceX sets date for first Florida launch of its kind in more than half a century says

That November 1960 launch thus shut down East Coast polar launches to avoid overflying Cuba and raising the country’s ire near the height of Cold War tensions. It’s believed that the Cape actually launched two more semi-polar missions in the mid-1960s, some five years later, but the fact remains that SpaceX’s prospective March 30th, 2020 launch will mark the United States’ first East Coast launch in more than half a century.

I believe that the November 1960 launch is described in this answer.

Question: What were the two circa 1965 semi-polar missions launched from Cape Canaveral?

  • $\begingroup$ does it really say " will mark the United States’ first East Coast launch in more than half a century" ? Lol. $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2020 at 13:34
  • $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble Ya, they left "of its kind" out of that sentence. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Feb 22, 2020 at 13:37
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    $\begingroup$ Too busy thinking up new superlatives, I guess. $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2020 at 13:38

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These missions might be TIROS 9 and 10. These were sun-synchronous meteorological missions launched on Thor-Delta C launchers from Cape Canaveral LC-17A and LC-17B respectively:

Found in Celestrak's SATCAT by looking for international designator "1965-" and sorting by launch site.

  • $\begingroup$ Good find! Likely candidates indeed. $\endgroup$ Jun 5, 2020 at 12:40

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