Merritt Island Launch Area. Lift-off. Saturn 1Program, Saturn 6 (AS6) vehicle, lifts off of its Merritt Island Complex, pad 37B, on May 28th, 1964. Apollo Mission A-101, the first flight of an Apollo spacecraft with a Saturn launch vehicle, was launched from Cape Kennedy. The purpose of the flight was to demonstrate the compatibility of the spacecraft with the launch vehicle for earth orbital.