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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« on: 01/26/2016 06:28 AM »
The following is a news release from Vandenberg AFB:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: 30th Space Wing Public Affairs, www.vandenberg.af.mil

MISSILE DEFENSE TEST SCHEDULED

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - A U.S. Missile Defense Agency flight
test of a Ground-based Interceptor is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28,
between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force
Base. The test will be conducted by the 30th Space Wing, the Missile Defense
Agency, and U.S. Northern Command.

Col. Shane Clark, 30th Space Wing vice commander, is the Launch Decision
Authority.

"The 30th Space Wing has a long and proud history of working diligently
alongside our Missile Defense Agency partners to provide safe launch
operations for missile defense tests," said Clark. "It's an honor for the
wing to work with the Missile Defense Agency and other mission partners on
this test mission which is extremely important to our national security."
« Last Edit: 02/20/2016 10:48 PM by Chris Bergin »
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #1 on: 01/27/2016 10:03 PM »
This test will not include an intercept.  Good story here.
http://www.noozhawk.com/article/missile_defense_test_thursday_wont_include_intercept_attempt

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #2 on: 01/27/2016 11:48 PM »
This test will not include an intercept.  Good story here.
http://www.noozhawk.com/article/missile_defense_test_thursday_wont_include_intercept_attempt

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The article says no intercept attempt but then goes on to say it will be facing targets.

"The three-stage interceptor will be used in a non-intercept flight test against an air-launched intermediate-range ballistic missile filled with countermeasures and decoys"

This is probably going to be a C-17 launched "extended Medium Range Ballistic Missile"  which has served as a target surrogate in prior tests.

I'll be out there on Vandenberg tomorrow, should be great weather for pictures.


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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #3 on: 01/28/2016 05:54 PM »
The wait begins...

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #4 on: 01/28/2016 09:18 PM »
Did you get some good shots? Looked like a beautiful day out there.
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #5 on: 01/28/2016 10:56 PM »
The Orbital Sciences built Ground Based Missile Defense interceptor lifted off into blue crisp skies from Vandenberg's LF-23 shortly before 2PM local, the end of a 4 hour launch window.  I watched from the VIP area 4.1 miles away.

The vehicle, being an interceptor, was quick out of the silo, accelerating much faster than a space launch vehicle or an ICBM. First stage separation was visible (image 6), before the solid fuel exhaust plume faded away as the vehicle left the discernible atmosphere.

The first image (image 0) is LF-23 a converted Minuteman ICBM test silo now supporting the GMD program. This was from a nearby hill the day prior to the test.

The remaining images show ignition in the silo, liftoff, and the rapid acceleration skyward. The vehicle was out of sight in less than 1 minute.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #6 on: 01/28/2016 10:56 PM »
Did you get some good shots? Looked like a beautiful day out there.
it did happen here is amatuer video:

Published on Jan 28, 2016
At appriximately 2:00 PM Pacific time, a Ground Based Interceptor missile test was conducted January 28, 2016 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.


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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #7 on: 01/29/2016 02:39 AM »
Nice shots, Helo! The video of first stage separation and its subsequent roasting by the second stage plume reminded me of the SpaceX video that showed the Falcon 9 first stage maneuvering out of the plume. (Of course, this booster wasn't maneuvering. :D )

Here's the MDA press release:

Ground-based Midcourse Defense System Conducts Successful Flight Test
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16-NEWS-0002
January 28, 2016
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and U.S. Northern Command, today conducted a non-intercept flight test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the nation’s Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). A long-range ground-based interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., successfully evaluating performance of alternate divert thrusters for the system’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle.

During the test, a target representing an intermediate-range ballistic missile was air-launched from a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft over the broad ocean area west of Hawaii. An Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance and Control Model 2 (AN/TPY-2) radar in Forward Based Mode, located at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, detected the target and relayed target track information to the Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communication system. The Sea-Based X-band radar, positioned in the broad ocean area northeast of Hawaii, also acquired and tracked the target. The GMD system received track data and developed a fire control solution to engage the target. The test also included a demonstration of technology to discriminate countermeasures carried by the target missile.

A three-stage Ground-Based Interceptor was launched from Vandenberg AFB, performed fly-out, and released a Capability Enhancement-II Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle. The kill vehicle performed scripted maneuvers to demonstrate performance of alternate divert thrusters. Upon entering terminal phase, the kill vehicle initiated a planned burn sequence to evaluate the alternate divert thrusters until fuel was exhausted, intentionally precluding an intercept.

Program officials will evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test. Engineering data from this test will be used to increase confidence for future GMD intercept missions. This test is designated Ground-based Midcourse Defense Controlled Test Vehicle-02+.

The GMD element of the integrated BMDS provides Combatant Commanders the capability to engage and destroy limited intermediate- and long-range ballistic missile threats in space to protect the United States.

Additional information about all elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System can be found here.

MDA Media Contact:

Rick Lehner, 571-231-8212, richard.lehner@mda.mil

Kudos to my colleagues!
« Last Edit: 01/29/2016 12:13 PM by mvpel »
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #8 on: 02/02/2016 05:59 PM »
Nice shots, Helo! The video of first stage separation and its subsequent roasting by the second stage plume reminded me of the SpaceX video that showed the Falcon 9 first stage maneuvering out of the plume. (Of course, this booster wasn't maneuvering. :D )

Here's the MDA press release:

Ground-based Midcourse Defense System Conducts Successful Flight Test
Quote
16-NEWS-0002
January 28, 2016
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and U.S. Northern Command, today conducted a non-intercept flight test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the nation’s Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). A long-range ground-based interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., successfully evaluating performance of alternate divert thrusters for the system’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle.

During the test, a target representing an intermediate-range ballistic missile was air-launched from a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft over the broad ocean area west of Hawaii. An Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance and Control Model 2 (AN/TPY-2) radar in Forward Based Mode, located at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, detected the target and relayed target track information to the Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communication system. The Sea-Based X-band radar, positioned in the broad ocean area northeast of Hawaii, also acquired and tracked the target. The GMD system received track data and developed a fire control solution to engage the target. The test also included a demonstration of technology to discriminate countermeasures carried by the target missile.

A three-stage Ground-Based Interceptor was launched from Vandenberg AFB, performed fly-out, and released a Capability Enhancement-II Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle. The kill vehicle performed scripted maneuvers to demonstrate performance of alternate divert thrusters. Upon entering terminal phase, the kill vehicle initiated a planned burn sequence to evaluate the alternate divert thrusters until fuel was exhausted, intentionally precluding an intercept.

Program officials will evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test. Engineering data from this test will be used to increase confidence for future GMD intercept missions. This test is designated Ground-based Midcourse Defense Controlled Test Vehicle-02+.

The GMD element of the integrated BMDS provides Combatant Commanders the capability to engage and destroy limited intermediate- and long-range ballistic missile threats in space to protect the United States.

Additional information about all elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System can be found here.

MDA Media Contact:

Rick Lehner, 571-231-8212, richard.lehner@mda.mil

Kudos to my colleagues!
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Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings
Jan 28, 2016

Aerojet Rocketdyne's EKV DACS Performs in Successful Missile Defense Flight Test

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), announced today that its liquid Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) on the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) successfully performed its mission-critical role in the latest non-intercept flight test of the Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program.

The vital GMD program currently is the United States' primary defense against long-range ballistic missile attacks. During today's test, designated CTV-02+, a Boeing-developed interceptor, carrying the Raytheon-built EKV, was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, following the launch of an air-launched target missile from a C-17 over the Pacific Ocean west of Hawaii.

CTV-02+ was the maiden flight of an EKV that had several modifications designed to improve reliability and producibility, and to enhance the performance capabilities of the EKV. "On this flight, we validated key design improvements in the divert and attitude control system, demonstrating improved performance, reliability and producibility," said Michael Bright, Aerojet Rocketdyne vice president of Missile Defense and Strategic Systems. "The overall goal of the Missile Defense Agency is to make a more capable and reliable system, and this successful test demonstrated significant progress toward reaching that goal."

The design, development and qualification of these design improvements were performed at Aerojet Rocketdyne's Los Angeles site. Matt Widman, the thruster program manager, added, "This successful flight represented three years of hard work and dedication by our entire team. We are very proud of this accomplishment and look forward to many years of production of this advanced propulsion system."

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com.

Glenn Mahone, Aerojet Rocketdyne, 202-302-9941

Glenn.Mahone@Rocket.com

Lynn Machon, Aerojet Rocketdyne, 916-355-3587

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #9 on: 02/02/2016 06:53 PM »
Here it is, taken from Vandenberg Air Force Tracking Station, 5.5 miles away with thank to HeloDriver for keeping me in the loops. This is my first attempt after no luck with Jason-3 due to heavy fog.



Shot with 2000mm len - 4K/30fps, 400mm len - 1080P/30fps and of course, iPhone 6S standard len - 4K/30fps.

My 2000mm telescope was in storage for 38 years so I have decided to add 2 video cameras to capture the SpaceX's when the time comes at Vandenberg.
 
The launch video & audio was inserted from Missile Defense Agency's archived video.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #10 on: 02/03/2016 08:30 PM »
Accurate interceptor launch time 1.57pm PST:

http://www.vandenberg.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123467850

1/28/2016 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A Ground-Based Interceptor, an element of the nation's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, was launched as part of a non intercept test from North Vandenberg today, Jan. 28, 2016, at 1:57 p.m. PST by the 30th Space Wing, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Northern Command.

Col. Shane Clark, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the Launch Decision Authority.
       
"Both the 30th Space Wing and the Missile Defense Agency worked hard to get the team ready for this test" said Clark.  "Today's launch is testament to the professionalism of all involved and the close relationships we have with our missile defense partners."

Missile Defense Agency point of contact is Rick Lehner at richard.lehner@mda.mil or (571) 231-8212.
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« Reply #11 on: 02/18/2016 07:20 PM »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: 30th Space Wing Public Affairs, www.vandenberg.af.mil

MINUTEMAN III LAUNCH SCHEDULED

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - - An operational test launch of an Air
Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic
missile is scheduled between 11:00 p.m. PST Saturday, Feb. 20 and 5:00 a.m.
PST Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, from north Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the
effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air
Force Global Strike Command.

Col. J. Christopher Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision
authority.

"This mission continues a long string of vital ICBM flight tests from
Vandenberg Air Force Base," said Moss. "The launch not only demonstrates the
capability of the Minuteman III weapon system, but also the tremendous
capabilities of Airmen who maintain and operate it. The men and women of the
30th Space Wing are proud to partner with the Air Force Global Strike
Command team to conduct this important launch."

The launch team, under the direction of the 576th Flight Test Squadron,
includes aircrew members from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron,
Offutt AFB, Nebraska, and crew members and maintainers from the 91st Missile
Wing, Minot AFB, North Dakota.

The 576th FLTS is responsible for installed tracking, telemetry and command
destruct systems on the missile, which collect data and ensure safety
requirements, are met.

For information call Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs at (318)
456-1305 or after hours at (318) 532-1215.

- 30 -

Note To Editors:
Media interested in viewing the launch should RSVP to TSgt Tyrona Lawson at
606-4017 or tyrona.lawson@us.af.mil by 3:00 p.m. Friday. An escort will
depart the Visitor Control Center at the Main Gate of Vandenberg for the
viewing site at 9:45 p.m. Saturday. Any names not on the RSVP list will not
be allowed on base.

Contact information for 30th Space Wing Public Affairs

Commercial: (805) 606-3595
FAX: (805) 606-4571
DSN: (312) 276-3595

30 Space Wing Public Affairs
867 Washington Ave, Bldg. 12000
Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #12 on: 02/19/2016 05:18 PM »
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« Reply #13 on: 02/19/2016 10:26 PM »
Space Command PAO has a sense of humor! ;D

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #14 on: 02/21/2016 08:52 AM »
MINOT TESTS MINUTEMAN III MISSILE WITH LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG
http://www.afgsc.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/2612/Article/670080/minot-tests-minuteman-iii-missile-with-launch-from-vandenberg.aspx

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #15 on: 02/21/2016 08:58 AM »
MINUTEMAN III LAUNCHES FROM VANDENBERG

 VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 11:34 p.m. PST here Feb. 20, 2016.

Col. J. Christopher Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority.

"While ICBM launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base almost seem routine, each one requires a tremendous amount of effort and absolute attention to detail in order to ensure a safe and successful launch." said Moss. "This specific test will provide accuracy and reliability data that is essential to on-going and future modifications to the weapon system, which are key to improving the already impressive effectiveness of the Minuteman III force."

For information about the flight test, call Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs at (318) 456-1305 or after hours at (318) 532-1215.

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« Reply #16 on: 02/21/2016 11:54 AM »
MINOT TESTS MINUTEMAN III MISSILE WITH LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG

Published February 21, 2016

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, and the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, aboard the Airborne Launch Control System, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle at 11:34 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Feb. 20, from Vandenberg AFB, California.

The ICBM's reentry vehicle, which contained a telemetry package used for operational testing, traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent. All MMIII test launches are supported by a team from the 576th Flight Test Squadron at Vandenberg AFB.

"The flight test program demonstrates one part of the operational capability if the ICBM weapon system,” said Col. Craig Ramsey, 576th FLTS commander. “When coupled with the other facets of our test program, we get a complete picture of the weapon system's reliability. But perhaps most importantly, this visible message of national security serves to assure our partners and dissuade potential aggressors."

Minot AFB is one of three missile bases with crew members standing alert 24 hours a day, year-round, overseeing the nation’s ICBM alert forces.

"It has been an amazing experience for the operations and maintenance members of Team Minot to partner with the professionals from the 576th FLTS, 30th SW and 625th STOS,” said Maj. Keith Schneider, 91st MW Task Force Director of Operations. “Everyone involved has worked hard and dedicated themselves to the mission.”

The ICBM community, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and U.S. Strategic Command uses data collected from test launches for continuing force development evaluation. The ICBM test launch program demonstrates the operational credibility of the Minuteman III and ensures the United States’ ability to maintain a strong, credible nuclear deterrent as a key element of U.S. national security and the security of U.S. allies and partners.

http://www.afgsc.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/2612/Article/670080/minot-tests-minuteman-iii-missile-with-launch-from-vandenberg.aspx

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #17 on: 02/22/2016 03:16 AM »
Here's the video. I wish the press releases would give the name of the launch. This one is GT-217GM. Does anyone know what the W8424 number refers to?

« Last Edit: 02/22/2016 03:19 AM by Steven Pietrobon »
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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« Reply #18 on: 02/22/2016 05:23 AM »
Number of operation.

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« Reply #19 on: 02/23/2016 02:13 PM »
The videos also identify the launch site (Launch Facility 09 in this case), information that also does not appear on the press releases.

That was the 6th Minuteman 3 launch within the past 12 months, after many years of only 2-3 annually.  I wonder why.

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« Reply #20 on: 02/24/2016 06:14 PM »
The 30th Space Wing have posted another launch notice on their facebook page;
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MINUTEMAN III LAUNCH SCHEDULED
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled between 11:00 p.m. PST Thursday, Feb. 25 and 5:00 a.m. PST Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, from north Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command.
Col. J. Christopher Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision authority.
"The launch process requires tremendous teamwork and involves months of preparation," said Moss. "The data gained from these launches allows us to maintain a high readiness capability and ensures operational effectiveness of the most powerful weapons in the nation's arsenal."
The launch team, under the direction of the 576th Flight Test Squadron, includes crew members and maintainers from the 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, North Dakota.
The 576th FLTS is responsible for installed tracking, telemetry and command destruct systems on the missile, which collect data and ensure safety requirements are met.
For information call Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs at (318) 456-1305 or after hours at (318) 532-1215.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #21 on: 02/26/2016 12:58 PM »
Vandenberg Air Force Base Minute Man III Launch GT 218

Published on Feb 26, 2016
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was
launched during an operational test at 11:01 p.m. PST here Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #22 on: 02/26/2016 06:36 PM »
The following is a news release from Air Force Global Strike Command:

MINOT TESTS MINUTEMAN III MISSILE WITH LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle Feb. 25 at 11:01 p.m. Pacific Standard Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The ICBM's reentry vehicle, which contained a telemetry package used for operational testing, traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.

“These ICBM professionals always make this look so simple, when it's anything but easy! This culminates months of effort that began in the missile fields of North Dakota where they removed this hardware from its alert mission, cataloged every piece and part, and shipped it to California for this event,” Col. Craig Ramsey, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander, said. “This never happens without the tireless efforts of personnel from the 91st Missile Wing and the 576th Flight Test Squadron.”

Minot AFB is one of three missile bases with crew members standing alert 24 hours a day, year-round, overseeing the nation’s ICBM alert forces.

“The opportunity for a Task Force to execute multiple launches in a week doesn’t happen very often, and this has provided a tremendous amount of experience for our team,” said Lt. Col. Brandon Schraeder, 91 MW Task Force Commander. “ Ultimately, these launches are the nation’s most visible demonstration of the ICBM capability.”

The ICBM community, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and U.S. Strategic Command uses data collected from test launches for continuing force development evaluation. The ICBM test launch program demonstrates the operational credibility of the Minuteman III and ensures the United States’ ability to maintain a strong, credible nuclear deterrent as a key element of U.S. national security and the security of U.S. allies and partners.

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The following is a news release from Vandenberg AFB:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: 30th Space Wing Public Affairs, www.vandenberg.af.mil

MINUTEMAN III LAUNCHES FROM VANDENBERG

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - An unarmed Minuteman III
intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test
at 11:01 p.m. PST here Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.

Col. J. Christopher Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision
authority.

"This is the second ICBM launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in the past 5
days and while it may seem routine, a tremendous amount of effort is
required to safely assess the current performance and validate the security
of the Nation's fielded ICBM force," said Moss. "Our teams are made of
dedicated Airmen who make a difference for the Air Force and the nation and
I am proud to be a part of this team."

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The following is an additional news release from Vandenberg AFB:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: 30th Space Wing Public Affairs, www.vandenberg.af.mil

MINUTEMAN III LAUNCHES FROM VANDENBERG - VIDEO

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - An unarmed Minuteman III
intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test
at 11:01 p.m. PST here Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.

To view the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs media video launch highlights
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #23 on: 04/17/2016 08:59 PM »
By the way, Minuteman 3 launch on February 21 was the 100th launch from LF-09 silo.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #24 on: 04/18/2016 12:36 AM »
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                                  2016 April 15 (Friday) 15:53 PDT
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                  VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                    Launch
                  Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)              Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------      --------

JUN            To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosasat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying 87 small payloads 

JUL            To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites 

SEP 15          To be announced          Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the WoldView 4 earth observation satellite for
DigitalGlobe 

OCT            To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites 

OCT-DEC        To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites 

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #25 on: 06/19/2016 02:44 AM »
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                                2016 June 18 (Saturday) 18:20 PDT
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                  VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                    Launch
                  Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)              Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------      --------

SEP 12          To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites 

SEP 15          To be announced          Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the WoldView 4 earth observation satellite for
DigitalGlobe 

OCT            To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites 

OCT-DEC        To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads 

DEC 1          To be announced          Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-76 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office 

DEC            To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites 

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #26 on: 07/02/2016 09:16 PM »
LAUNCH ALERT
                 
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                                  2016 July 2 (Saturday) 12:32 PDT
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                            RUNNING LATE

This issue and the previous issue of Launch Alert were published late
due to my being on back-to-back business trips (two weeks in Milpitas,
California followed immediately by two weeks in Bedford, New
Hampshire).

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                  VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                    Launch
                  Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)              Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------      --------

SEP 12          To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next low-altitude commercial
communications satellites 

SEP 15          To be announced          Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the WoldView 4 earth observation satellite for
DigitalGlobe 

OCT            To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites 

OCT-DEC        To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads 

DEC 1          To be announced          Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office 

DEC            To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next low-altitude commercial
communications satellites 

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #27 on: 07/18/2016 03:14 AM »
LAUNCH ALERT
                 
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                                  2016 July 17 (Sunday) 18:18 PDT
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                  VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                    Launch
                  Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)              Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------      --------

SEP 11          22:33                    Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next low-altitude commercial
communications satellites 

SEP 15          11:30-11:44              Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the WoldView 4 earth observation satellite for
DigitalGlobe 

OCT            To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites 

OCT-DEC        To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads 

DEC 1          To be announced          Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office 

DEC            To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next low-altitude commercial
communications satellites 

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #28 on: 08/03/2016 07:48 AM »
LAUNCH ALERT
                 
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                    Ventura County, California
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                                2016 August 2 (Tuesday) 19:42 PDT
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                  VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                    Launch
                  Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)              Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------      --------

SEP 15          11:30-11:44              Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the WorldView 4 earth observation satellite for
DigitalGlobe 

SEP 19          21:49                    Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites. This evening launch could be impressive 

OCT            To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites 

OCT-DEC        To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads 

DEC 1          To be announced          Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office 

DEC            To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites 

JAN 20          01:47                    Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite 

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #29 on: 08/15/2016 02:52 AM »
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                                2016 August 14 (Sunday) 17:36 PDT
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                    Launch
                  Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)              Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------      --------

SEP 15          11:30-11:44              Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the WorldView 4 earth observation satellite for
DigitalGlobe 

SEP 19          21:49                    Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites. This evening launch could be visually impressive 

OCT            To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites 

Late OCT        To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads 

DEC 1          To be announced          Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office 

DEC            To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites 

MAR            Early morning?          Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite 

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.
 

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #30 on: 09/01/2016 10:56 PM »
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A Minuteman III strategic missile is scheduled for launch early on Sunday morning, September 4, from Vandenberg AFB. The launch window extends from 00:01 to 06:01 PDT.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #31 on: 09/03/2016 03:39 AM »
LAUNCH ALERT
                 
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2016 September 2 (Friday) 18:46 PDT
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            VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                      Launch
                    Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)              Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------      -------------        --------

SEP 4            00:01-06:01            Minuteman III        LF-04
ICBM test launch. The vehicle will probably fly west to an impact area
in the central or western Pacific. This launch could be visible for
hundreds of miles. GT-219GM. 

SEP 15          11:30-11:44            Atlas V              SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the WorldView 4 earth observation satellite for
DigitalGlobe. The Atlas V will also carry seven technology
demonstation satellites (cubesats) as secondary payloads. 

SEP 19          21:49                  Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites. This evening launch could be visually impressive 

Late OCT        To be announced        Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads 

DEC 1            To be announced        Atlas V              SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office 

DEC              To be announced        Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites 

Early 2017      To be announced        Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites 

MAR 16          01:47                  Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite 

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

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Launch Alert does not intentionally publish sensitive, potentially
sensitive, or inside information. All information comes from open
sources or is approved for public release.

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newsletter may be used without identifying Launch Alert as the
source and providing a functioning hyperlink or text that point to
http://www.spacearchive.info/newsletter.htm.
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #32 on: 09/03/2016 09:55 PM »
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A Minuteman III strategic missile is scheduled for launch early on Sunday morning, September 4, from Vandenberg AFB. The launch window extends from 00:01 to 06:01 PDT.
Delayed to the fifth with the same window; https://www.facebook.com/30thSpaceWing/posts/10155276782034897

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #33 on: 09/04/2016 10:05 PM »
MINUTEMAN LAUNCH DELAYED
30th Space Wing Public Affairs / Published September 03, 2016

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
The launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile has been delayed due to the forecasted hurricane weather over the Hawaiian Islands.

The missile was set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base Sunday, Sept. 4, with a launch window of 12:01 a.m. to 6:01 a.m. PDT. The launch has been rescheduled with a time frame of Monday, Sept. 5, between 12:01 a.m. to 6:01 a.m.
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #34 on: 09/05/2016 03:48 PM »
MALMSTROM TESTS MINUTEMAN III MISSILE WITH LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG
By Carla Pampe, Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs / Published September 05, 2016

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle Sept. 5 at 2:10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The ICBM's reentry vehicle, which contained a telemetry package used for operational testing, traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.

“I can’t say enough great things about the partners I share this mission set with,” Col. Craig Ramsey, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander, said. “The men and women from the 341st Missile Wing Task Force, the Airmen from my squadron, and our host unit here at Vandenberg made this look easy, but it was anything but that. To put all of this together for an on-time launch following an enormous reconfiguration of range assets that took six months to complete...it’s simply a testament to the dedication and professionalism of these proud organizations. I’m proud to play a small part in it.”
Malmstrom AFB is one of three missile bases with crew members standing alert 24 hours a day, year-round, overseeing the nation’s ICBM alert forces.

“I’m extremely proud of the 21 maintainers and operators from the 341st Missile Wing Task Force who worked flawlessly alongside the professionals from the 576 FLTS to make this mission a success,” Lt. Col. Ron Clough, Task Force commander, said. “An effort on this scale, and the enormous insights it gives to force readiness, continue to showcase the Minuteman III as the world's premier deterrence and assurance capability.”
The ICBM community, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and U.S. Strategic Command uses data collected from test launches for continuing force development evaluation. The ICBM test launch program demonstrates the operational credibility of the Minuteman III and ensures the United States’ ability to maintain a strong, credible nuclear deterrent as a key element of U.S. national security and the security of U.S. allies and partners.
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #36 on: 09/08/2016 05:22 AM »
and now the video....

Vandenberg Air Force Base Minuteman III Launch GT 219

 
30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB

Published on Sep 7, 2016
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was
launched during an operational test on Monday, Sep. 5, 2016 from Vandenberg AFB, CA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aivUx4ndNIQ?t=001

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #37 on: 09/16/2016 05:21 AM »
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                            2016 September 15 (Thursday) 20:58 PDT
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                            FRIDAY LAUNCH

Tomorrow morning's planned launch of an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg
AFB appears to be on schedule. The vehicle is slated to lift off from
south base during a 11:30-11:44 PDT launch window.

For launch and countdown status, go to:

      spaceflightnow.com/2016/09/15/av062_journal/

      www.ulalaunch.com

For information on viewing Vandenberg rocket and missile launches, go
to:

      www.spacearchive.info/vafbview.htm

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                  VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                    Launch
                  Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)              Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------      --------

SEP 16          11:30-11:44              Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the WorldView 4 earth observation satellite for
DigitalGlobe. The Atlas V will also carry seven technology
demonstation satellites (cubesats) as secondary payloads. 

TBD            Evening?                Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites. This evening launch could be visually impressive. Delayed
from SEP 19

TBD            To be announced        Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads. Delayed from late OCT

DEC 1          To be announced        Atlas V              SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office 

TBD            To be announced        Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites. Delayed from DEC

Early 2017      To be announced        Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites 

MAR 16          02:47                  Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite 

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #38 on: 10/02/2016 04:11 AM »
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                              2016 October 1 (Saturday) 14:52 PDT
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                  VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                    Launch
                  Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)              Vehicle          Pad/Silo
----------      -----------------        -------------      --------

NET OCT        Late morning?            Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the WorldView 4 earth observation satellite for
DigitalGlobe. The Atlas V will also carry seven technology
demonstation satellites (cubesats) as secondary payloads. 

TBD            Evening?                Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites 

TBD            To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads 

DEC 1          To be announced          Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office 

TBD            To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites 

Early 2017      To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites 

MAR 16          02:47                    Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite 

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #39 on: 10/15/2016 06:59 AM »
LAUNCH ALERT
                 
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                                2016 October 14 (Friday) 20:50 PDT
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                  VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                          Launch
                        Time/Window
      Date              (PST/PDT)          Vehicle      Pad/Silo
------------------    -----------------    -------------    --------

Late OCT-Early NOV    Late morning?        Atlas V          SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the WorldView 4 earth observation satellite for
DigitalGlobe. The Atlas V will also carry seven technology
demonstation satellites (cubesats) as secondary payloads. 

TBD                  Evening?            Falcon 9        SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites

TBD                  To be announced      Falcon 9        SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads 

DEC 1                To be announced      Atlas V          SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office 

TBD                  To be announced      Falcon 9        SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites 

Early 2017            To be announced      Minotaur C      SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites 

MAR 16                02:47                Delta II        SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite 

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

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Hwy  Highway

PDT  Pacific Daylight Time

PST  Pacific Standard Time

s.e. Southeast

SLC  Space Launch Complex

TBD  To be determined

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #40 on: 11/03/2016 02:23 AM »
LAUNCH ALERT
                 
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                            2016 November 2 (Wednesday) 18:52 PDT
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                  VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                    Launch
                  Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)              Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------      --------

NOV 11          10:30-10:46              Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the WorldView 4 earth observation satellite for
DigitalGlobe. The Atlas V will also carry seven technology
demonstation satellites (cubesats) as secondary payloads. 

TBD            Evening?                Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites 

TBD            To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads 

TBD            To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch 10 Iridium Next commercial communications
satellites 

Early 2017      To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites 

MAR 16          02:47                    Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite 

APR-JUN        To be announced          Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S. National
Reconnaissance Office 

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #41 on: 12/02/2016 05:32 AM »
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                              2016 December 1 (Thursday) 20:46 PDT
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                  VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                      Launch
                    Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)              Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------
--------

DEC 16        12:36                Falcon 9
SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
1-10 

JAN 26        To be announced        Atlas V        SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office 

TBD            To be announced        Falcon 9
SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads 

Early 2017        To be announced        Minotaur C
SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites 

TBD            To be announced        Falcon 9
SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
11-20 

MAR 16        02:47                Delta II
SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite 

JUN 13        To be announced        Atlas V        SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office 

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #42 on: 12/17/2016 03:19 AM »
LAUNCH ALERT

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                                       2016 December 16 (Friday) 19:19 PST
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                       VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                           Launch
                         Time/Window
   Date               (PST/PDT)               Vehicle         Pad/Silo
----------        -----------------        -------------      --------

Early JAN?        12:36?                   Falcon 9           SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
1-10

JAN 26            To be announced          Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office

TBD               To be announced          Falcon 9           SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads

TBD               To be announced          Falcon 9           SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
11-20

NET MAY           To be announced          Minotaur C         SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

JUN 13            To be announced          Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office

TBD               TBD                      Delta II           SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #43 on: 01/01/2017 03:34 AM »
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                            2016 December 31 (Saturday) 19:43 PST
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                  VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                      Launch
                    Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)              Vehicle          Pad/Silo
----------        -----------------      -------------      --------

Early JAN?        12:36?                  Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
1-10 

JAN 26            To be announced        Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office 

TBD              To be announced        Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads 

TBD              To be announced        Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
11-20 

NET MAY          To be announced        Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites 

JUN 13            To be announced        Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office 

TBD              TBD                    Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite 

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #44 on: 01/17/2017 02:10 AM »
LAUNCH ALERT
                 
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                                2017 January 16 (Monday) 15:33 PST
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                  VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                    Launch
                  Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)              Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------      --------

TBD            To be announced          Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. Launch delayed from JAN 26 due to
problems with the Atlas V second stage

TBD            To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads 

TBD            To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
11-20 

NET MAY        To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites 

JUN 13          To be announced          Atlas V            SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office 

SEP 23          To be announced          Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite 

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #45 on: 02/02/2017 11:32 PM »
 LAUNCH ALERT

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                              2017 February 2 (Thursday) 15:08 PST
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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
                   Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

TBD             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads

APR             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
11-20

TBD             To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. Launch delayed due to problems with
the Atlas V second stage.

NET MAY         To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

JUN 13          To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office

SEP 23          To be announced          Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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                       FALCON LAUNCH FOLLOW UP

Last month, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying several Iridium
Next communications satellites from Vandenberg AFB.

Veteran launch watcher Rick Baldridge posted an interesting video of
the launch online. To see it, go to:

 

Meanwhile, Craig N. provided the following observation of the launch:

"I viewed the launch on a beach outside the Rudder Room in Channel
Islands/Oxnard.  You can have a cold one while watching. I too saw the
orange flames from Goleta Point up until first stage burnout."

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #47 on: 02/07/2017 03:06 AM »
Minuteman 3 launch postponed by 24 hours due to "labor dispute". (?)
https://www.noozhawk.com/article/minuteman_iii_missile_test_set_for_vandenberg_afb_this_week

Only 13 people are on strike, but it is enough to upset the schedule.  They work for RGNext, which is a joint Raytheon/General Dynamics venture.
http://lompocrecord.com/news/local/minuteman-iii-test-launch-from-vafb-delayed-to-employee-strike/article_cf587625-e077-5735-a83f-f39e1b3ac3fb.html
http://www.keyt.com/news/vafb-labor-dispute-delays-minuteman-iii-test/315615712

New plan is for launch between 11:39 p.m. (PT) Wednesday (02/08/17) and 5:39 a.m. (PT) (02/09/17) Thursday.

Seems more pre-launch publicity about this launch than usual.

 - Ed Kyle
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #48 on: 02/09/2017 08:03 PM »
The following is a news release from Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Office of Public Affairs, Barksdale AFB, LA:

Provided by : Launch Alert

MINOT TESTS MINUTEMAN III MISSILE WITH LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with test reentry vehicles Feb. 8 at 11:39 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The ICBM's reentry vehicles, which contained telemetry packages used for operational testing, traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.

“The men and women from the 91st Missile Wing Task Force, the Airmen from my squadron, and our host unit here at Vandenberg worked tirelessly to pull this launch off—it was awesome to see everyone’s hard work pay off!” said Col. Craig Ramsey, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander. “These Airmen make me proud every day, and efforts like these make nuclear deterrence effective.”

Minot AFB is one of three missile bases with crew members standing alert 24 hours a day, year-round, overseeing the nation’s ICBM alert forces.

“I am exceedingly proud of the maintainers and operators from the 91st Missile Wing, including those that supported this mission from the onset. This Task Force worked flawlessly alongside the absolute professionals from the 576 FLTS to make this mission a success,” Maj. Neil Copenhaver, GT221 Task Force commander, said. “Promoting the deterrence, assurance and strike capability of the Minuteman III, along with the insight it provides to force readiness, could not be done without the dedication, professionalism and teamwork of the men and women throughout the 91st Missile Wing.”

The ICBM community, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and U.S. Strategic Command uses data collected from test launches for continuing force development evaluation. The ICBM test launch program demonstrates the operational capability of the Minuteman III and ensures the United States’ ability to maintain a strong, credible nuclear deterrent as a key element of U.S. national security and the security of U.S. allies and partners.
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #49 on: 02/09/2017 08:15 PM »
Minuteman III ICBM Test Launch From California

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Published on Feb 9, 2017
GT-221GM Minuteman III Launch – Airmen from Minot and Vandenberg Air Force bases conducted an operational test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III missile. Today’s test launch used an intercontinental ballistic missile pulled randomly from a silo on Minot, which was then transported and reassembled at Vandenberg, and launched by crew members from 91st Missile Wing. The ICBM was equipped with a test reentry vehicle, and traveled approximately four thousand two hundred miles to a test range near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. ICBM test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K72BnMHJcYk?t=001

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #50 on: 02/10/2017 03:43 AM »
https://twitter.com/Casillic/status/829811921457180673
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Latest #MIRV incoming to Kwajalein.
Source: Jacque Phelon via Under the Kwajalein Sun
Ping: @AtomicAnalyst @NuclearAnthro
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #51 on: 02/10/2017 09:06 AM »
Minuteman III ICBM Test Launch From California

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Published on Feb 9, 2017
GT-221GM Minuteman III Launch – Airmen from Minot and Vandenberg Air Force bases conducted an operational test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III missile.

The previous launch was GT-219GM on 5 September 2016, which makes GT-220GM still to launch.
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #52 on: 02/17/2017 12:50 AM »
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                             2017 February 16 (Thursday) 17:10 PST
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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
                   Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

MAR 1           To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-79 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. Launch delayed due to problems with
the Atlas V second stage.

TBD             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads

NET MAY         To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

JUN             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
11-20

JUN 13          To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office

AUG             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
21-30

SEP 23          To be announced          Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #53 on: 02/25/2017 01:07 AM »
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4:42 PM


The following is a news release from Vandenberg AFB. Questions or comments regarding this release should be directed to the originating organization.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: 30th Space Wing Public Affairs, www.vandenberg.af.mil

ATLAS LAUNCH SCHEDULED

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-3 on Wednesday, March 1, with a launch window opening at 9:49 a.m. PST.

Col. J. Christopher Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, will be the launch decision authority.

"We are postured for another successful Atlas launch," said Moss. "These missions are critical, and our team is excited to be a part of something that will have a global impact."

The 4th Space Launch Squadron is in charge of mission assurance and safety for this launch operation.

"These launches require constant communication with a widespread team, especially with the unique challenges we faced during this mission," said Lt. Col. Eric Zarybnisky, 4th Space Launch Squadron commander and Air Force Launch Director for this mission. "With the wildfires and recent rains, the Air Force team worked closely with the United Launch Alliance to ensure a successful and safe launch."
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #54 on: 02/28/2017 08:14 PM »

                             LAUNCH ALERT

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                              2017 February 28 (Tuesday) 12:34 PST
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                           WEDNESDAY LAUNCH

Tomorrow morning's planned launch of an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg
AFB appears to be on schedule. The vehicle is slated to lift off from
Space Launch Complex 3-East on south base at 9:50 a.m., the start of
an unannounced launch window.

The latest weather forecast calls for a 90% probability of acceptable
weather at launch time.

Following liftoff, the rocket will rise vertically for several seconds
before gradually pitching over to nearly horizontal flight. The
direction of flight has not been announced, but based on past Atlas V
launches, it will probably be towards the southeast to southwest.

The rocket will exhibit an orange flame during the first few minutes
of flight and briefly produce a thick white contrail as it passes
through altitudes of approximately 33,000 to 38,000 feet.

If the launch goes as planned, the Atlas will place a classified
payload into orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

If the sky is clear, the first stage flame could be visible as far
away as Carpinteria and San Luis Obispo. The contrail may be visible
as far away as Thousand Oaks and King City.

People in very quiet locations in coastal Santa Barbara and Ventura
Counties and the western Santa Monica mountains may hear a distant,
muffled rumble or perhaps a sonic boom from the launch some time
between four and 12 minutes after liftoff.

For launch and countdown status, go to:

      spaceflightnow.com

      www.ulalaunch.com

For information on viewing Vandenberg rocket and missile launches, go
to:

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #55 on: 03/16/2017 04:14 PM »
 LAUNCH ALERT

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                               2017 March 15 (Wednesday) 19:55 PDT
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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
                   Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

NET MAY         To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

JUN             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
11-20

JUN 13          To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office

TBD             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads

AUG             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
21-30

SEP 23          To be announced          Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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« Reply #56 on: 04/01/2017 11:54 PM »
                             LAUNCH ALERT

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                    2017 April 1 (Saturday) 16:12 PDT
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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
                   Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

JUN             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
11-20

JUN 13          To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office

TBD             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads

AUG             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
21-30

SEP             To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

SEP 23          To be announced          Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #57 on: 04/16/2017 07:14 PM »
LAUNCH ALERT

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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
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  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

JUN             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
11-20

JUN 13          To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. The Atlas V will use four solid rocket
motors

TBD             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite and the Sherpa
dispenser carrying several small payloads

AUG             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
21-30

SEP             To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

SEP 23          To be announced          Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite. The Delta II will use
nine solid rocket motors

OCT 18          To be announced          Delta IV            SLC-6
Vehicle will launch the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National
Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV will use two solid rocket motors

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #58 on: 04/21/2017 11:15 PM »
www.facebook.com/30thSpaceWing/posts/10156032139989897
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MINUTEMAN III SCHEDULED TO LAUNCH
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Wednesday, April. 26, between 12:01 p.m. to 6:01 a.m. from north Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command.
Col. John Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision authority.
"Team V is once again ready to work with Air Force Global Strike Command to successfully launch another Minuteman III missile," said Moss. "These Minuteman launches are essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities. We are proud of our long history in partnering with the men and women of the 576th Flight Test Squadron to execute these missions for the nation."
The 576th Flight Test Squadron will be responsible for installed tracking, telemetry, and command destruct systems on the missile.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #59 on: 04/22/2017 10:48 AM »
FDE GT220GM, which was planned in October 2016, or GT222GM?

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« Reply #60 on: 04/22/2017 06:55 PM »
The following is a news release from Vandenberg AFB:

MINUTEMAN III SCHEDULED TO LAUNCH
By 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
April 21, 2017

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Wednesday, April. 26, between 12:01 p.m. to 6:01 a.m. from north Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command.

Col. John Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision authority.

"Team V is once again ready to work with Air Force Global Strike Command to successfully launch another Minuteman III missile," said Moss. "These Minuteman launches are essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities. We are proud of our long history in partnering with the men and women of the 576th Flight Test Squadron to execute these missions for the nation."

The 576th Flight Test Squadron will be responsible for installed tracking, telemetry, and command destruct systems on the missile.

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MINUTEMAN LAUNCH VISIBILITY
by Brian Webb

Liftoff is probably scheduled for the start of the launch window and the Minuteman will likely head west from Vandenberg.

If the sky is clear, the launch should be easy to see in Santa Barbara County. Observers with unobstructed horizons, dark skies, and who know exactly where to look may be able to see the event from as far away as San Francisco, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Big Bear, and San Diego.

The launch should be visible to the unaided eye, but for the best view, use tripod-mounted binoculars, a spotting scope, or an astronomical telescope.
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #61 on: 04/23/2017 03:25 AM »
CORRECTION FOR ABOVE POST:

The launch window for the April 26 Minuteman III launch from Vandenberg AFB is probably 12:01 a.m. to 6:01 a.m., not 12:01 p.m. to 6:01 a.m. as reported earlier.
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #62 on: 04/24/2017 03:05 PM »
FDE GT220GM, which was planned in October 2016, or GT222GM?

GT-220 was originally scheduled in October.

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« Reply #63 on: 04/24/2017 03:36 PM »
GT-220 was originally scheduled in October

I know, my question was - what mission will be on April 26 - GT220GM or GT222GM?

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« Reply #64 on: 04/24/2017 03:40 PM »
GT-220 was originally scheduled in October

I know, my question was - what mission will be on April 26 - GT220GM or GT222GM?

Oops, sorry.  I thought you were asking which one was originally in October.  26 April is GT-220.

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« Reply #65 on: 04/24/2017 03:47 PM »
26 April is GT-220

If I understand correctly, this mission will be GT220GM-1, because it was delayed.

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« Reply #66 on: 04/24/2017 03:49 PM »
26 April is GT-220

If I understand correctly, this mission will be GT220GM-1, because it was delayed.

I haven't seen anyone using that terminology for this mission.

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« Reply #67 on: 04/24/2017 03:58 PM »
I haven't seen anyone using that terminology for this mission

Okay, earlier if mission was delayed they have added -1, -2, etc to the name of mission.

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« Reply #68 on: 04/24/2017 04:00 PM »
I haven't seen anyone using that terminology for this mission

Okay, earlier if mission was delayed they have added -1, -2, etc to the name of mission.

Yes, I've seen that in the past, but for whatever reason, GT-220 didn't get the -1 at the end of the name.  If I can get an answer as to why, I'll update back here.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #69 on: 04/26/2017 06:42 PM »
The following is a Vandenberg AFB news release. For questions or comments about this release, contact the originating organization.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: 30th Space Wing Public Affairs, www.vandenberg.af.mil

MINUTEMAN III LAUNCHES FROM VANDENBERG

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - An unarmed Minuteman III
intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test
at 12:03 a.m., PDT, here April 26.

Col. John Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision
authority.

"Tonight's launch was an important demonstration of our nation's nuclear
deterrent capability," said Moss. "Test launches like this one are vital to
validating the effectiveness and readiness of our operational nuclear
systems, so it is critical that they are successful. The men and women of
the 30th Space Wing and Air Force Global Strike Command's 576th Flight Test
Squadron did a fantastic job working together to make tonight's launch
possible and successful."

The Minuteman system has been in service for 60 years. Through continuous
upgrades, including new production versions, improved targeting systems, and
enhanced accuracy, today's Minuteman system remains state-of-the art and is
capable of meeting all modern challenges.


An interesting video clip of this morning's Minuteman III launch from Vandenberg AFB has been posted at

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/521068/minuteman-iii-operational-test-launch

A still photo of the launch is posted at

http://www.vandenberg.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1162963/minuteman-iii-launches-from-vandenberg/
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #70 on: 04/26/2017 09:26 PM »
GT-220GM appears to have been E-6B U.S. Strategic Command Airborne command post (Operation Looking Glass) controlled launch.

No mention of the MIRVs listed during the last Minuteman 3 launch.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #71 on: 04/27/2017 05:42 AM »
Launch video of GT-220GM.

« Last Edit: 04/27/2017 05:43 AM by Steven Pietrobon »
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #72 on: 04/27/2017 09:30 AM »
Is this really the 300th Minuteman III launch or is my count wrong?
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« Reply #73 on: 04/27/2017 03:32 PM »
Is this really the 300th Minuteman III launch or is my count wrong?
That's what I have.  I had 298 as of the end of 2016.  There have now been two this year.

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« Reply #74 on: 04/27/2017 07:33 PM »
Is this really the 300th Minuteman III launch or is my count wrong?
That's what I have.  I had 298 as of the end of 2016.  There have now been two this year.

http://www.spacelaunchreport.com/mmsum.txt

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My count is also at 300.
http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_lau_fam/minuteman.htm
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« Reply #75 on: 04/30/2017 02:05 AM »
Next up...

MINUTEMAN III SCHEDULED FOR TEST LAUNCH

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3, between 12:01 a.m. and 6:01 a.m. PDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command.

Col. Chris Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision authority.

"We have been working closely with the 576th Flight Test Squadron over the past 10 months to prepare for this mission. Team Vandenberg is poised and ready to execute this important launch," said Moss. "The tremendous teamwork between the 30th Space Wing and Air Force Global Strike Command is apparent each time we launch a Minuteman III missile."

The 576th Flight Test Squadron is responsible for installed tracking,
telemetry and command destruct systems on the missile, which collect data and ensure safety requirements are met.

For questions regarding the launch window or Vandenberg AFB range operations, contact 30th Space Wing Public Affairs at 805-606-3595 or 30sw.pa.workflow@us.af.mil.

For queries regarding the ICBM test launch purpose and missile, contact AFGSC Public Affairs at 318-456-1305 (After Hours 318-532-1215) or afgsc.paworkflow@us.af.mil.

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LAUNCH ALERT

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                                     2017 May 1 (Monday) 17:40 PDT
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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
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  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

MAY 3           00:01-06:01              Minuteman III       ----
Test launch

JUN 29          13:02                    Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Payload is Iridium Next commercial communications satellites 11-20

JUL             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite

AUG 14          To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. The Atlas V will use four solid rocket
motors

AUG             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Payload is Iridium Next commercial communications satellites 21-30

SEP 21          To be announced          Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite. The Delta II will
use nine solid rocket motors

SEP             To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

OCT 18          To be announced          Delta IV            SLC-6
Vehicle will launch the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National
Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV will use two solid rocket motors

OCT             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Payload is Iridium Next commercial communications satellites 31-40

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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« Reply #77 on: 05/03/2017 06:17 PM »
The following are two U.S. Air Force news releases about this morning's Minuteman III launch from Vandenberg AFB.

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MINUTEMAN III LAUNCHES FROM VANDENBERG
By 30th Space Wing, Public Affairs / Published May 03, 2017

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 12:02 a.m. PDT here Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Col. Chris Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority.

"It's always a privilege to partner with the tremendous professionals of Air Force Global Strike Command to conduct test launches like this one," said Moss. "The dedication and expertise of the combined 341st Missile Wing, 576th Flight Test Squadron and 30th Space Wing team is simply amazing. Their efforts over the past 10 months to make this mission possible shows why they are some of the most skilled operators in the Air Force."

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MALMSTROM TESTS MINUTEMAN III MISSILE WITH LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG
Air Force Global Strike Command / Published May 03, 2017

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a single test reentry vehicle May 3 at 12:02 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The ICBM's reentry vehicle, which contained a telemetry package used for operational testing, traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. These test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.

“The men and women from the 341st Missile Wing Task Force, the Airmen from my squadron, and our host unit here at Vandenberg worked tirelessly to pull this launch off — it was awesome to see everyone’s hard work pay off!” said Col. Craig Ramsey, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander. “It’s efforts like these that make nuclear deterrence effective.”

Malmstrom AFB is one of three missile bases with crew members standing alert 24 hours a day, year-round, overseeing the nation’s ICBM alert forces.

“I am exceedingly proud of the maintainers and operators from the 341st Missile Wing, including those that supported this mission from the onset. This Task Force worked flawlessly alongside the absolute professionals from the 576 FLTS to make this mission a success,” Lt. Col. Tony Rhoades, GT222 Task Force commander, said. “Promoting the deterrence, assurance and strike capability of the Minuteman III, along with the insight it provides to force readiness, could not be done without the dedication, professionalism and teamwork of the men and women throughout the 341st Missile Wing."

The ICBM community, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and U.S. Strategic Command uses data collected from test launches for continuing force development evaluation. The ICBM test launch program demonstrates the operational capability of the Minuteman III and ensures the United States’ ability to maintain a strong, credible nuclear deterrent as a key element of U.S. national security and the security of U.S. allies and partners.
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« Reply #78 on: 05/03/2017 09:16 PM »
GT-222GM Minuteman III Launch

30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB

Published on May 3, 2017
Airmen from Malmstrom and Vandenberg Air Force bases conducted an operational test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III missile. The test launch used an intercontinental ballistic missile pulled randomly from a silo on Malmstrom Air Force Base, which was then transported and reassembled at Vandenberg, and launched by crew members from the 341st Missile Wing. The ICBM was equipped with a single test reentry vehicle and traveled approximately 4,200 miles to a test range near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. These ICBM test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.

the source of video:  https://www.dvidshub.net/video/522238/gt-222gm-minuteman-iii-launch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm_zEtCIETA?t=001

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« Reply #79 on: 05/15/2017 11:41 PM »
LAUNCH ALERT

                              Brian Webb
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                                    2017 May 15 (Monday) 13:48 PDT
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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
                   Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

JUN 29          13:02                    Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
11-20. This early afternoon launch could be visible to the unaided
eye from Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties

JUL             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite

AUG 14          To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. The Atlas V will use four solid rocket
motors.

AUG             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
21-30

SEP 21          02:47:03-02:48:06        Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite. The Delta II will
use nine solid rocket motors. This early morning launch could be
visually impressive in Santa Barbara County and visible for hundreds
of miles

SEP             To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

OCT             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
31-40

DEC             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
41-50

DEC 20          To be announced          Delta IV            SLC-6
Vehicle will launch the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National
Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV will use two solid rocket motors

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Copyright 2017, Brian Webb. All rights reserved. No portion of this
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« Reply #80 on: 05/27/2017 07:01 AM »
Launch Alert
3:55 PM May 26, 2017


A Ground-based Interceptor (GBI) missile is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg AFB on the afternoon of May 30 during a 12:00-16:14 PDT launch window. The launch is part of a missile defense test that calls for the GBI to intercept a target launched from the central Pacific.

Off-base public viewing will be available on Corral Road approximately 1 mile north-northwest of the Vandenberg AFB main gate at Highway 1 and California Blvd.

Since this is a test of a critical weapon system, launch status and countdown information will probably only be available on-base and at the public viewing area on Corral Road.

For more information about the test, go to:

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/missile_defense_test_involving_vandenberg_afb_aims_at_intercept
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« Reply #81 on: 05/27/2017 10:29 PM »
"... it is worth noting the CE-II Block I kill vehicle is not the only untested system in FTG-15.  FTG-15 will also be the first flight test of the new C2 version of the Ground-Based Interceptor booster rocket, which has improved avionics and resolves some obsolescence issues relative to the current booster.  GAO has described the new booster as an “extensive upgrade.”"
https://mostlymissiledefense.com/2017/02/02/could-ftg-15-delays-prevent-the-deployment-of-44-gbis-by-the-end-of-2017-february-2-2017/
More info on the C2 booster here, along with discussion of plans for a C3 version.
http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2016/07/Shielded-from-Oversight-appendix-6.pdf

Does anyone know what the "ICBM class" target will be?

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« Reply #82 on: 05/27/2017 11:03 PM »
I'll be there for this. :) Mid afternoon launch time means less chance of fog. I saw the last test of this in early 2016. Acceleration is impressive, and expected given their mission.

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« Reply #83 on: 05/30/2017 04:12 PM »

Launch Alert
5:42 AM May 30, 2017


A Ground-based Interceptor (GBI) missile is scheduled for launch today (May 30) from Vandenberg AFB during a 12:00-16:14 PDT launch window. The event is part of a missile defense test that calls for the GBI to intercept a target launched from Kwajalein in the central Pacific.

If the sky is clear, the midday-afternoon GBI launch could be visible to the unaided eye for more than 50 miles. However, the intercept will not be visible.

According to the Vandenberg AFB website, off-base public viewing will be available on Corral Road.

Because this is a test of a critical weapon system, launch status and countdown information will probably only be available on base and at the public viewing area on Corral Road. However, Fox News announced it plans to televise the event.

For more information about the test, go to:

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/missile_defense_test_involving_vandenberg_afb_aims_at_intercept
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« Reply #84 on: 05/30/2017 07:32 PM »
I'll be there for this. :) Mid afternoon launch time means less chance of fog. I saw the last test of this in early 2016. Acceleration is impressive, and expected given their mission.

Unfortunately I asked too late for a seat in the auditorium to watch the feeds over here - it's standing room only, since it's the first one in a long time that's taking place during normal business hours, and they don't want to annoy the fire marshal.

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How was the launch? Good pics? Looking forward to the MDA release.
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« Reply #85 on: 05/30/2017 09:05 PM »
As predicted, the high sun angle of a mid day launch time broke through the persistent coastal marine layer fog bank and yielded clear blue skies. The launch went off about 20 minutes into the window, time was dependent on the target vehicle launching from Kwajalein and getting into the test corridor before the GMD would launch.

Warm temperatures and breezy conditions prevailed and created a lot of low level heat shimmer that blurred images of the interceptor climbing away from the silo until about T+10 seconds.

From Vandenberg, it looked like a good launch, so far no news about  the success of the intercept test. Stills and video below.

Image 5 shows the 1st/2nd staging event and image 6 the last visible bit of Stage2 exoatmospheric flight.

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« Reply #86 on: 05/30/2017 09:51 PM »
News agencies reporting a successful test.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-northkorea-missiletest-idUSKBN18Q2CU

MDA also reports a successful intercept.
https://www.mda.mil/news/17news0003.html

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ORBITAL ATK OBV Rocket and ICBM TarGET Successfully CoMPLETE Missile Defense Interceptor Test

Company’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Booster Completes 15th Consecutive Flight


Chandler, Arizona and Dulles, Virginia 30 May 2017 – Orbital ATK (NYSE:  OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched and tested its Orbital Boost Vehicle (OBV) rocket for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) as part of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) FTG-15 Flight Test. The company also supplied its Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) target rocket for this critical national security system test.

 

The OBV was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on May 30, 2017. Orbital ATK provides the OBV to MDA as part of an industry team led by The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA).

 
“This flight test was a major undertaking for Orbital ATK as we supplied both the boost vehicle for the interceptor and the target,” said Rich Straka, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK’s Launch Vehicles Division. “Today’s successful test confirms the United States’ missile defense program stands ready to protect against long-range missile attacks, and we are proud to be a part of that team.”

 

FTG-15 was the first flight of the “C2” configuration of the OBV, which includes upgraded avionics and safety systems to address new requirements and obsolescence issues with the legacy vehicles. It was also the first flight of the ICBM range target. MDA’s goal is to expand the Ground Based Interceptor (GBI) fleet to 44 missiles by the end of 2017.

 

“Orbital ATK is honored to be a part of MDA’s charge to strengthen the national defenses from 30 to 44 GBI Interceptors in 2017,” said Straka. “We understand the importance of this goal and, we are focused on mission success.”

 

 

Following a preliminary post-flight analysis of the data collected from the mission, MDA and the GMD team confirmed all primary OBV objectives for the interceptor test were achieved. These included pre-launch built-in test functionality, silo launch and fly out of the OBV and accurate booster delivery of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) to enable intercept of the target.

 

The MDA/Orbital ATK ICBM Team also confirmed nominal operation of the target, meeting all primary mission objectives. The ICBM is largest target in a broader family of targets that Orbital ATK supplies to the MDA for Ballistic Missile Defense System testing.

 

Orbital ATK’s missile defense interceptors and related target vehicles are primarily produced at the company’s engineering and manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona, with solid rocket motor propulsion manufactured in Magna, Utah, and its vehicle assembly and integration facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and Huntsville, Alabama.

 

Today’s OBV mission was executed under the GMD Development and Sustainment Contract, which continues through at least 2018. Orbital ATK developed the OBV under a multi-year contract with Boeing that began in 2002. Together the OBV and the EKV comprise the GBI, which is assembled by Boeing.

 

The ICBM target was provided under the Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile contract, which continues at least thru 2019 with options for additional target vehicles and launches.

 

About Orbital ATK

 

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,500 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.

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« Reply #88 on: 05/31/2017 03:50 AM »
Launch Alert
7:14 PM May 30, 2017


A Ground-based Interceptor (GBI) was launched from Vandenberg AFB this afternoon. The following are news releases from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Raytheon, Aeroject Rocketdyne, and Boeing and a news feature from the Defense Department about the event. Any questions or comments regarding an item should be directed to the originating organization.

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HOMELAND MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM SUCCESSFULLY INTERCEPTS ICBM TARGET

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense and U.S. Northern Command, today successfully intercepted an intercontinental ballistic missile target during a test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the nation's ballistic missile defense system.

This was the first live-fire test event against an ICBM-class target for GMD and the U.S. ballistic missile defense system.

During the test, an ICBM-class target was launched from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Multiple sensors provided target acquisition and tracking data to the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communication (C2BMC) system. The Sea-Based X-band radar, positioned in the Pacific Ocean, also acquired and tracked the target. The GMD system received the target tracking data and developed a fire control solution to intercept the target.

A ground-based interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and its exo-atmospheric kill vehicle intercepted and destroyed the target in a direct collision.

"The intercept of a complex, threat-representative ICBM target is an incredible accomplishment for the GMD system and a critical milestone for this program," said MDA Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring. "This system is vitally important to the defense of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat. I am incredibly proud of the warfighters who executed this test and who operate  this system every day."

Initial indications are that the test met its primary objective, but program officials will continue to evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.

The test, designated Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor (FTG)-15, will provide the data necessary to assess the performance of the GMD system and provide enhanced homeland defense capabilities.

The GMD element of the ballistic missile defense system provides combatant commanders the capability to engage and destroy intermediate and long-range ballistic missile threats to protect the U.S. The mission of the Missile Defense Agency is to develop and deploy a layered ballistic missile defense system to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies and friends from limited ballistic missile attacks of all ranges in all phases of flight.

Additional information about all elements of the ballistic missile defense system can be found at www.mda.mil.

Please note that imagery is still being processed. Once available -- likely late this evening -- it will be available at www.mda.mil.

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Raytheon kill vehicle succeeds in first intercept of intercontinental ballistic missile

Test keeps program on track for 44th delivery in 2017

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) upgraded Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, or EKV, a kinetic-force weapon that slams into its targets, destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time during a Missile Defense Agency test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.

It was the tenth intercept for the GMD program, which is designed to protect the U.S. against long-range ballistic missile attacks by destroying incoming threats while they are still in space, safely outside the Earth's atmosphere.

"This test keeps the United States on track to increase its ground-based interceptor inventory to 44 in 2017," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. "The system is among our industry's most complex, and its advancement ensures the protection of the U.S. and its allies."

The ICBM range target was launched from the Reagan Test site on Kwajalein Atoll, and the interceptor was fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. After receiving tracking and targeting data from sea and space-based sensors, the EKV identified the threat, discriminated between the target and countermeasures, maneuvered into the target's path and destroyed it using "hit-to-kill" technology.

The testing was supported by Raytheon's sea-based X-band radar (SBX) and AN/TPY-2 radar. Both play critical roles in supporting the GMD system.

A world leader in kill vehicle design and production, Raytheon is simultaneously managing four kill vehicle programs – the EKV, Standard Missile-3 kinetic vehicle, Redesigned Kill Vehicle and Multi-Object Kill Vehicle. The Raytheon kill vehicle family has a combined record of more than 40 successful space intercepts.

About the EKV

Backed by decades of kill vehicle technology expertise, the Raytheon-made EKV is designed to destroy incoming ballistic missile threats by directly colliding with them, a concept often described as "hit-to-kill."

* The EKV has an advanced, multi-color sensor used to detect and discriminate incoming warheads from other objects.
* The EKV has its own propulsion, communications link, discrimination algorithms, guidance and control system and computers to support target selection and intercept.
* The EKV is deployed and operational today.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 95 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter.

www.raytheon.com

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s EKV DACS Performs Critical Role in 10th Successful Intercept Test for GMD

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 30, 2017 – Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AJRD), announced today that its liquid Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) on the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) successfully performed its mission-critical role in the latest intercept flight test of the Missile Defense Agency’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program.

Today’s test, designated FTG-15, was the inaugural flight for Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Alternate Propellant Tank (APT). During the test, a Boeing-developed interceptor, carrying the Raytheon-built EKV, was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, following the launch of an ICBM from Kwajalein Atoll. The Aerojet Rocketdyne Alternate Divert Thruster (ADT) and DACS successfully maneuvered the EKV to the position required for destruction of the incoming target. This was the second flight of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s ADT but the first intercept test.

“Aerojet Rocketdyne has been a key member of the GMD program team since the beginning and we are proud that our DACS, ADT and APT performed as expected,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “At Aerojet Rocketdyne, we are committed to delivering reliable products and services that play a critical role in defending our country and our allies around the globe. We look forward to continuing our support of the next generation of this program, the Redesigned Kill Vehicle.”

Charlie Meraz, senior director for Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Missile Defense programs added, “The inaugural flight of the APT represents several years of dedicated work by Aerojet Rocketdyne’s engineering team. The APT design is a true reflection of the company’s ability to leverage the best engineering tools to improve reliability and meet customer needs.”

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com  .

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Boeing Helps U.S. Successfully Intercept Missile Defense Target

First successful test against representative intercontinental ballistic missile target

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 30, 2017 – The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system built by Boeing [NYSE: BA] successfully intercepted a threat representative of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), demonstrating the system’s ability to detect, engage and destroy targets and validating its technological advances.

The target was launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean and the interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Boeing has been the prime contractor for GMD since 2001 and works with an industry team to incorporate improvements.

“This successful test keeps the United States on track for a significant increase in interceptor inventory of 44 in 2017,” said Norm Tew, vice president and GMD program director. “In addition, the GMD program remains on track to evolve and modernize this crucial national defense asset in the face of an evolving threat environment, with system upgrades and future technology including the Boeing-led Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV).”

GMD is an integral element of the United States' layered ballistic missile defense architecture, with interceptors at Vandenberg Air Force Base and Fort Greely, Alaska. The program comprises command-and-control facilities, communications terminals and a 20,000-mile fiber-optic communications network that interfaces with ballistic missile defense radars and other sensors.

For more information on Defense, Space & Security, visit www.boeing.com. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

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Defense Department Makes Successful Missile-Intercept in Test

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2017 — The Defense Department today successfully intercepted an intercontinental ballistic missile target during a test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense element of the nation's ballistic missile defense system, according to a Missile Defense Agency news release.

The successful test was conducted by the Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense and U.S. Northern Command.

‘An Incredible Accomplishment’

"The intercept of a complex, threat-representative ICBM target is an incredible accomplishment for the GMD system and a critical milestone for this program," said MDA Director Navy Vice Adm. Jim Syring. "This system is vitally important to the defense of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat. I am incredibly proud of the warfighters who executed this test and who operate this system every day."

This was the first live-fire test event against an ICBM-class target for GMD and the U.S. ballistic missile defense system.

During the test, an ICBM-class target was launched from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Multiple sensors provided target acquisition and tracking data to the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communication system.

The Sea-Based X-band radar, positioned in the Pacific Ocean, also acquired and tracked the target. The GMD system received the target tracking data and developed a fire control solution to intercept the target.

A ground-based interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and its exo-atmospheric kill vehicle intercepted and destroyed the target in a direct collision.

Flight Data Slated for Evaluation

Initial indications are that the test met its primary objective, but program officials will continue to evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.

The test, designated Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor-15, will provide the data necessary to assess the performance of the GMD system and provide enhanced homeland defense capabilities.

The GMD element of the ballistic missile defense system provides combatant commanders the capability to engage and destroy intermediate and long-range ballistic missile threats to protect the U.S. The mission of the Missile Defense Agency is to develop and deploy a layered ballistic missile defense system to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies and friends from limited ballistic missile attacks of all ranges in all phases of flight.
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« Reply #89 on: 05/31/2017 04:47 AM »
Picture of the ICBM target launched from Kwajalein Atoll

Photo Credit: Missile Defense Agency
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« Reply #90 on: 05/31/2017 06:15 AM »
Does anybody know the basis of the ICBM target vehicle?

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« Reply #91 on: 05/31/2017 06:25 AM »
The first stage looks like a GEM-40 with a skirt welded to its base.
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« Reply #92 on: 05/31/2017 06:38 AM »
The first stage looks like a GEM-40 with a skirt welded to its base.

No - it is apparently a new stage one, smaller than a Castor-120 or a M-55, topped by the Pegasus derived stack already used for the IRBM-T1 target (Orion-50SXLG, Orion-50XLT and perhaps Orion-38).

A sketch has been shown up some years ago on the Orbital website (see attachment, last row, 7th from right).

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« Reply #93 on: 05/31/2017 07:18 AM »
Here's a screen grab.
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #94 on: 05/31/2017 07:36 AM »
Here's a screen grab from the Orbital-ATK catalogue. The IRBM is basically the same as GBI, with some modifications (like lengthened nozzle on the first stage). The ICBM has a new first stage with the IRBM on top.
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #95 on: 05/31/2017 07:42 AM »
Specs on the motors.
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« Reply #96 on: 05/31/2017 01:43 PM »
Here's a screen grab from the Orbital-ATK catalogue. The IRBM is basically the same as GBI, with some modifications (like lengthened nozzle on the first stage). The ICBM has a new first stage with the IRBM on top.

In a discussion with Jonathan McDowell on this vehicle, he had the idea, that the stage one motor might be a Trident C-4 stage one. Which fits the dimensions pretty well and the Meck Island launch pad at Kwajalein had already supported the Trident C-4 based LV-2 target missile.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #97 on: 05/31/2017 05:56 PM »
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #98 on: 06/01/2017 05:23 AM »
Anybody knows what "Road to 44" means?
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #99 on: 06/01/2017 09:15 AM »
Here's a screen grab from the Orbital-ATK catalogue. The IRBM is basically the same as GBI, with some modifications (like lengthened nozzle on the first stage). The ICBM has a new first stage with the IRBM on top.

If I'm not mistaken, Orion 32 is a completely new solid stage. Wasn't the demonstrator stage called RAVEN?

Edit: The first stage of ICBM isn't a orion 32. Possibly the first stage is related to GEM63.
Road 44" could refer to the increase in number of ready GBI missiles. From 30 to 44.
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« Reply #100 on: 06/01/2017 01:06 PM »
Anybody knows what "Road to 44" means?

I'll take a swing at this...

44 successful tests to achieve IOC?

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #101 on: 06/01/2017 03:34 PM »
Missile Defense Test 'Realistic', Syring Insists

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“It actually replicated — without getting into classified details — an operational scenario that we’re concerned about,” Vice Adm. James Syring, currently at NORTHCOM HQ in Colorado Springs, told reporters gathered here around a speaker phone. While the Missile Defense Agency director didn’t explicitly say the threat yesterday emulated a North Korean missile, he did say tests replicate threats “from North Korea or Iran. In this case it was a Pacific scenario.” (Protip: Iran is not in the Pacific).

In fact, MDA tests against the intelligence community’s best estimate of where the North Korean and Iranian missile programs will be “three years” from now. “What we see in 2020…was very well replicated in the tests that we conducted yesterday,” Syring said.

That cutting-edge threat includes a high-performance target. “It flew at a higher altitude and a longer range and a higher velocity” than any target in previous tests, said Syring. It’s the first time the US missile defense system has actually been tested against a target with the performance characteristics of an ICBM, which is the threat that inspired its creation in the first place, three decades and at least 123 billion dollars ago.

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With a twinge of exasperation, Syring also refuted suggestions that the test was a set-up, with the defenders knowing exactly when to fire and where to aim. “The target absolutely does not have a homing beacon on it, despite what some have written,” he said. The missile defense system “was not notified when the target was launched,” instead having to rely on radars and satellites to detect the missile’s take-off and compute its path, just as they would in a real-war scenario.

The missile defense crews did know the test was happening yesterday and the rough time window when it would occur, Syring said, but such things have to be scheduled and made public well in advance for safety reasons: “We’re launching an interceptor hundreds of miles north of LAX (Los Angeles airport, to) Hawaii,” he said. “That requires us to shut down large parts of the ocean (to) ship traffic and air traffic.”

http://breakingdefense.com/2017/05/missile-defense-test-realistic-syring-insists/
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #102 on: 06/02/2017 07:17 AM »
In an earlier post by Chris Bergin, a statement by Orbital dated 30 May 2017, "MDA’s goal is to expand the Ground Based Interceptor (GBI) fleet to 44 missiles by the end of 2017".
Hence "Road to 44"

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #103 on: 06/02/2017 01:25 PM »
Anybody knows what "Road to 44" means?

http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AS/AS29/20160414/104621/HHRG-114-AS29-Wstate-SyringJ-20160414.pdf
FTG-15 will be the first intercept flight test for the CE-II Block 1 EKV and the C2/CBAU IBV.
It also will be the first intercept of an ICBM range target by the GMD system or any other BMDS element. A successful test will allow MDA to meet the commitment to deliver 44 GBIs by the end of 2017

https://mostlymissiledefense.com/2017/02/02/could-ftg-15-delays-prevent-the-deployment-of-44-gbis-by-the-end-of-2017-february-2-2017/
The MDA plans to build eleven CE-II Block I interceptors – one for FTG-15 and the other ten for deployment.  MDA needs to deploy at least some of these CE-II Block I interceptors (possibly as many as eight) before the end of 2017 in order to meet the objective of 44 deployed GBIs.[4] However, MDA has stated that it will not deploy any of these CE-II Block I interceptors until after a successful intercept test.

the success of FTG-15 intercept test,paved the way for delivery CE-II BLK I  GBIs
MDA needs to deploy at least eight GBIs with CE-II BLK I EKV to Fort Greely, expand the GBI fleet to 44 missiles by the end of 2017

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
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  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

JUN 25          13:24:59                 Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
11-20. This early afternoon launch could be visible to the unaided
eye from Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties.
Instantaneous (1-second long?) launch window

JUL             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite

AUG 14          To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. The Atlas V will use four solid rocket
motors.

AUG            To be announced           Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
21-30

SEP 21          02:47:03-02:48:06        Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite. The Delta II will
use nine solid rocket motors. This early morning launch could be
visually impressive in Santa Barbara County and visible for hundreds
of miles

SEP             To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

OCT             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
31-40

DEC             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
41-50

DEC 20          To be announced          Delta IV            SLC-6
Vehicle will launch the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National
Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV will use two solid rocket motors

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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                         INTERCEPTOR LAUNCH

A mentioned previously, a Ground-based Interceptor (GBI) was launched
on May 30 from Vandenberg AFB. I was asked about the launch time. I
don't have an exact time, but it was approximately 12:25 PDT.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #105 on: 06/03/2017 01:33 AM »
Anyone know if any of these Falcon 9 launches from Vberg are to be expendables?
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« Reply #106 on: 06/03/2017 01:52 PM »
Anyone know if any of these Falcon 9 launches from Vberg are to be expendables?
All currently listed are to be recovered.

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« Reply #107 on: 06/13/2017 03:19 AM »
Inside the ICBM launch facility where a turn of two keys sends a Minuteman III missile flaming toward its target

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-na-nuclear-missile-test-20170612-story.html

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About four times every year, the Air Force goes through the exercise of pulling an ICBM out of a silo, removing its nuclear warhead and sending it to Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc for a test launch.
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                   2017 June 16 (Friday) 14:38 PDT
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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
                   Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

JUN 25          13:24:59                 Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
11-20. This early afternoon launch could be visible to the unaided eye
from Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties.
Instantaneous (1-second long?) launch window

JUL             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite

AUG 14          To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. The Atlas V will use four solid rocket
motors

AUG             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
21-30

SEP 21          02:47:03-02:48:06        Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite. The Delta II will
use nine solid rocket motors. This early morning launch could be
visually impressive in Santa Barbara County and visible for hundreds
of miles

SEP             To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

OCT             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
31-40

DEC             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
41-50

DEC 13          To be announced          Delta IV            SLC-6
Vehicle will launch the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National
Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV will use two solid rocket motors

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #109 on: 06/23/2017 12:34 AM »
LAUNCH ALERT

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                                 2017 June 22 (Thursday) 16:50 PDT
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                            SUNDAY LAUNCH

Sunday afternoon's planned launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg
AFB appears to be on schedule. The vehicle is slated to lift off from
Space Launch Complex 4-East on south base at 13:25:14 PDT, the start
of an instantaneous (1-second?) launch window.

Following liftoff, the rocket will rise vertically for several seconds
before gradually pitching over and heading south.

If the launch goes as planned, the Falcon 9 will place 10 Iridium NEXT
commercial communications satellites into orbit.

The rocket will exhibit a bright orange flame during the first few
minutes of flight and briefly produce a white contrail as it passes
through altitudes between approximately 33,000 to 38,000 feet.

If the sky is clear, the early portion of the launch should be visible
to the unaided eye from Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo
counties. The liftoff may be also be briefly visible as far away as
Palo Alto and Mission Viejo.

People in very quiet locations in coastal Santa Barbara and Ventura
Counties and the western Santa Monica mountains may hear a distant,
muffled rumble or perhaps a sonic boom from the launch some time
between T+4 and T+12 minutes.

Members of the general public desiring a close-up view of the launch
will probably congregate west of Lompoc in the vicinity of highway 246
(west Ocean Avenue) and Union Sugar Road. According to the Vandenberg
AFB web site, the public can also view the launch from the Hawk's Nest
on highway 1 (near north base). However, since both areas are near the
coast, there is a high probability that the liftoff will be hidden by
low clouds or fog.

Regardless of where you plan to go to view the launch, allow yourself
enough time to get there well before liftoff. After you arrive, be
aware of your surroundings and possible hazards such as traffic.


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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #110 on: 07/03/2017 01:50 PM »
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                                    2017 July 2 (Sunday) 20:28 PDT
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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
                   Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

AUG 14          To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. The Atlas V will use four solid rocket
motors.

AUG 24          To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite

TBD             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
21-30

SEP 21          02:47:03-02:48:06        Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite. The Delta II will
use nine solid rocket motors. This early morning launch could be
visually impressive in Santa Barbara County and visible for hundreds
of miles

SEP             To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

OCT             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
31-40

DEC             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
41-50

DEC 13          To be announced          Delta IV            SLC-6
Vehicle will launch the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National
Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV will use two solid rocket motors

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #111 on: 07/15/2017 09:03 PM »
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                                 2017 July 15 (Saturday) 13:11 PDT
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                     Launch
                   Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

AUG 14          To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. The Atlas V will use four solid rocket
motors.

AUG 24          To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite

TBD             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
21-30

SEP 21          02:47:03-02:48:06        Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite. The Delta II will
use nine solid rocket motors. This early morning launch could be
visually impressive in Santa Barbara County and visible for hundreds
of miles

SEP             To be announced          Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

OCT             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
31-40

DEC             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
41-50

DEC 13          To be announced          Delta IV            SLC-6
Vehicle will launch the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National
Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV will use two solid rocket motors


The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #112 on: 07/29/2017 05:39 PM »

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Media sources report a Minuteman III missile is scheduled for launch this Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from Vandenberg AFB during a 12:01-6:01 a.m. PDT launch window. For details, go to:

http://lompocrecord.com/news/local/vandenberg-to-launch-unarmed-missile-wednesday-in-weapon-s-system/article_e26bbbfe-36ea-5775-9c33-4faaa1574e3e.html

http://www.ksby.com/story/36000088/vandenberg-afb-to-launch-icbm-early-wednesday
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #113 on: 08/01/2017 03:24 AM »
The following is a Vandenberg AFB news release. Questions or comments regarding this release should be directed to the originating organization.


MINUTEMAN III SCHEDULED TO LAUNCH
30th Space Wing Public Affairs / Published July 31, 2017

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug 2, between 12:01 a.m. to 6:01 a.m. PDT from north Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command.

Col. Michael Hough, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision authority.

"Team V is postured to work with Air Force Global Strike Command to test launch the Minuteman III missile," said Hough. "Our long history in partnering with the men and women of the 576th Flight Test Squadron shows that the Western Range stands ready and able to create a safe launch environment."

The 576th Flight Test Squadron will be responsible for installed tracking, telemetry, and command destruct systems on the missile.
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #114 on: 08/01/2017 09:29 PM »
The weather forecast, for a ballistic missile test

L-1 Day Forecast

Western Range Operation Forecast
W8921
Issued: 1 Aug 17 / 0645L (1345Z)
Valid: 2 Aug 17 / 0001L - 0601L (0701Z - 1301Z)
Vehicle: Minuteman III
Location: VAFB LF-10

T-0 Forecast: High pressure dominates the west coast, with a thermal trough moving up from the south. Winds aloft will be primarily out of the east-southeast throughout the window with speeds reaching a maximum of 45 knots at T-0 between 35,000-37,000 feet. Some mid-level cloud cover will be present at T-0 and will lead to scattered rain showers between 1000Z and 1200Z driving an end of window POV of 20% for Disturbed Weather. Visibility will be restricted with marine layer fog during the count, but will not impact the mission. Ground winds will be light and primarily from the northwest at 5 – 8 knots at T-0, but variable through the window. Temperatures will range from 56 to 61°F. The overall POV for T-0 is 30% with Upper-Level Wind Shear being the only constraint of concern. By window close we add in the additional constraint of Disturbed Weather.

24 Hour Scrub Forecast: The region of high pressure remains in place with thermal troughing from the south, however winds in the mid-levels will be shifting to bring additional monsoonal moisture from the southeast. Max upper-level winds at T-0 will be from the southeast at 45 knots from 34,000-36,000 feet, and will keep steady through window close. Potential instability from the thermal trough combined with the midlevel moisture enhances the potential for rain showers and lightning in the area. Ground winds will be out of the northwest at 4 – 7 knots for T-0 and variable through the window. Temperatures will range from 59 to 64°F. The overall POV at T-0 will be 40% for Disturbed Weather, 20% for Lightning, 20% for Upper Level Wind Shear, and 10% for Cumulus Clouds.

Clouds:
Stratus
Altocumulus

Coverage:
6/8 ths
2/8 ths

Bases:
300 ft
16,000 ft

Tops:
700 ft
18,500 ft

Visibility: 1 - 2 miles
Weather: Fog
Wind: 320 - 350 at 5 - 8 knots
Temperature: 56 - 61° F
Overall probability of violating weather constraints at T-0: 30%
Area of concern: Upper-Level Wind Shear
Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 Hour Delay: 40%
Area of concern: Disturbed Weather (40%), Lightning (20%), Upper Level Wind Shear (20%), Cumulus Clouds (10%)
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #115 on: 08/02/2017 10:56 AM »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: 30th Space Wing Public Affairs, www.vandenberg.af.mil

MINUTEMAN III LAUNCHES FROM VANDENBERG

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 2:10 a.m., PDT, here Aug. 2.

Col. Michael Hough, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority.

"The seamless partnership of Team V and our Air Force Global Strike Command mission partners has resulted in another safe Minuteman III operational test launch," said Hough. "This combined team of the 90th Missile Wing, 576th Flight Test Squadron and 30th Space Wing is simply outstanding.  Their efforts over the past few months show why they are among the most skilled operators in the Air Force."

For questions regarding the Vandenberg AFB range operations, contact 30th Space Wing Public Affairs at 805-606-3595 or email 30sw.pa.workflow@us.af.mil.

For queries regarding the ICBM test launch purpose and missile, contact AFGSC Public Affairs at 318-456-1305 or after hours call 318-532-1215 or email afgsc.paworkflow@us.af.mil.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #117 on: 08/16/2017 03:53 AM »
LAUNCH ALERT

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                                2017 August 15 (Tuesday) 19:24 PDT
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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
                   Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

AUG 24          11:50-12:34              Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite

SEP 11          To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. The Atlas V will use four solid rocket
motors.

SEP 30          06:30                    Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
21-30

OCT 17          14:37                    Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

TBD             02:48                    Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite. The Delta II will
use nine solid rocket motors. This early morning launch could be
visually impressive in Santa Barbara County and visible for hundreds
of miles

Late NOV        To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
31-40

DEC             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
41-50

DEC 13          To be announced         Delta IV             SLC-6
Vehicle will launch the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National
Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV will use two solid rocket motors

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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The following is a Vandenberg AFB media advisory. Please direct all
questions and comments to the originating organization.

                    FALCON 9 SCHEDULED TO LAUNCH
                   30th Space Wing Public Affairs

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Team Vandenberg is scheduled to
launch the FORMOSAT-5 satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space
Launch Complex-4 here Thursday, Aug. 24, between 11:50 a.m. and 12:34
p.m. PDT.

Col. Gregory E. Wood , 30th Space Wing vice commander, will be the
launch safety authority.

"We are proud to provide a safe and secure launch location for our
mission partners," said Wood. "This mission is the practical
demonstration of the professional spirit and teamwork found in the
everyday operations of Team Vandenberg and SpaceX."

The local community can view this launch from the Hawk's Nest on Hwy 1
south of Vandenberg Air Force Base's main gate. Gate opens at 10:30
a.m. and closes at 11:40 a.m. As a reminder the public is asked not to
bring or consume alcohol, smoke, nor have any open fires or barbeques.
Weapons are not allowed, additionally, the use of small unmanned
aerial systems within five miles of any active runway is prohibited.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #118 on: 09/01/2017 04:49 AM »
LAUNCH ALERT

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                              2017 August 31  (Thursday) 19:39 PDT
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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
                   Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

SEP 14          To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E

Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. The Atlas V will use four solid rocket
motors.

OCT 4           06:06                    Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
21-30

OCT 17          14:37                    Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

NOV 10          02:48                    Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite. The Delta II will use
nine solid rocket motors. This early morning launch could be visually
impressive in Santa Barbara County and visible for hundreds of miles

Late NOV        To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
31-40

DEC             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
41-50

DEC 13          To be announced          Delta IV            SLC-6
Vehicle will launch the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National
Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV will use two solid rocket motors

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #119 on: 09/16/2017 06:20 PM »
  LAUNCH ALERT

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                            2017 September 16 (Saturday) 05:19 PDT
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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
                   Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

SEP 21          To be announced          Atlas V             SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. The Atlas V will use four solid rocket
motors. The early portion of the launch could be visible over a wide
area due to the brilliant flame and thick smoke produced by the four
motors. Launch delayed from SEP 14 due to Hurricane Irma's arrival in
Florida.

OCT 4            06:06                   Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
21-30. This launch occurs well before sunrise and could be visible over
a wide area due to the brilliant flame produced by the rocket's first
stage.

OCT 17           14:37                   Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

NOV 10           01:48                   Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite. The Delta II will use
nine solid rocket motors. This early morning launch could be visually
impressive in Santa Barbara County and visible for hundreds of miles.

Late NOV         To be announced         Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
31-40

DEC 13           To be announced         Delta IV            SLC-6
Vehicle will launch the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National
Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV will use two solid rocket motors.

JAN              To be announced         Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
41-50

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #120 on: 09/20/2017 04:17 AM »
 LAUNCH ALERT

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                             2017 September 19 (Tuesday) 19:46 PDT
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                     THURSDAY VANDENBERG LAUNCH

An Atlas V rocket carrying a classified payload is scheduled for
launch from south Vandenberg AFB this Thursday evening at 22:38 PDT.

Following lift-off, the rocket will climb vertically for several
seconds before it begins a gradual turn and heads over the ocean. If
the launch is successful, the Atlas will place the NROL-42 payload
into orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Weather permitting, the launch could be visible as far away as San
Francisco, Mammoth, and San Diego, Calif.

People in very quiet locations in coastal Santa Barbara and Ventura
Counties and the western Santa Monica mountains may hear a distant,
muffled rumble or perhaps a sonic boom from the launch some time
between T+4 and T+12 minutes.

Members of the public desiring a close-up view of the launch will
probably congregate west of Lompoc in the vicinity of highway 246
(west Ocean Avenue) and Union Sugar Road. However, since this area is
near the coast, there is a possibility that the liftoff will be hidden
by low clouds or fog.

Regardless of where you plan to go to view the launch, allow yourself
enough time to get there well before liftoff. After you arrive, be
aware of your surroundings and possible hazards such as traffic.

For launch status and countdown information, go to:

      spaceflightnow.com

      www.ula.com

For information on viewing Vandenberg rocket and missile launches, go
to:

      www.spacearchive.info/vafbview.htm

During a launch earlier this year, Pete Heins, N6ZE, discovered the
countdown feed was delayed by approximately 75 seconds. Rather than
relying on a feed for launch cueing, use a GPS receiver or another
source to obtain the exact time. You can also set your watch to the
exact time from the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(www.nist.gov).

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All times in this newsletter are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format based on military time. Under this system, regular time is
expressed as follows:
                                            24-hour
                        Regular Time        Format
                    ---------------------   -------
                    12:00 a.m. (midnight)    00:00
                    6:00  a.m.               06:00
                    12:00 p.m. (noon)        12:00
                    6:00  p.m.               18:00

No distinction is made between Pacific Standard Time and Pacific
Daylight Time.

For assistance in converting military time to regular time, go to:

    www.spacearchive.info/military.htm

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #121 on: 10/01/2017 04:29 AM »
LAUNCH ALERT

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                            2017 September 30 (Saturday) 14:31 PDT
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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
                   Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

OCT 9           05:37                    Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
21-30. This launch occurs well before sunrise and could be visible
over a wide area due to the brilliant flame produced by the rocket's
first stage.

OCT 17          14:37                    Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

NOV 10          01:48:05                 Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite. The Delta II will
use nine solid rocket motors. This early morning launch could be
visually impressive in Santa Barbara County and visible for hundreds
of miles

Late NOV        To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
31-40

DEC 13          To be announced          Delta IV            SLC-6
Vehicle will launch the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National
Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV will use two solid rocket motors

JAN             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
41-50

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #122 on: 10/17/2017 03:19 AM »
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                              Brian Webb
                  launch-alert-editor@earthlink.net
                        www.spacearchive.info

                                2017 October 16 (Monday) 19:49 PDT
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                   VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

                     Launch
                   Time/Window
  Date              (PST/PDT)               Vehicle          Pad/Silo
--------        -----------------        -------------       --------

Late OCT        14:37                    Minotaur C          SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites and
several secondary payloads

NOV 10          01:47:03-01:48:05        Delta II            SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite. The Delta II will
use nine solid rocket motors. This early morning launch could be
visually impressive in Santa Barbara County and visible for hundreds
of miles

Late NOV        To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
31-40

DEC 13          To be announced          Delta IV            SLC-6
Vehicle will launch the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National
Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV will use two solid rocket motors

JAN             To be announced          Falcon 9            SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
41-50

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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