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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 Defense 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 Defense 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 Defense Test notices
« Reply #3 on: 01/28/2016 05:54 PM »
The wait begins...

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Defense 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 Defense 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 Defense 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 Defense 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 Defense 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!
Aerojet Rocket Holdings Inc. (formerly called GenCorp) Presser:

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 Defense 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 Defense 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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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
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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Defense Test notices
« Reply #12 on: 02/19/2016 05:18 PM »
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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.

https://www.facebook.com/30thSpaceWing/posts/10154728960094897

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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?

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« Reply #18 on: 02/22/2016 05:23 AM »
Number of operation.

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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« 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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Re: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Missile Test notices
« 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 »
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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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newsletter may be used without identifying Launch Alert as the
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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 »
                           LAUNCH ALERT
                 
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                                2016 August 14 (Sunday) 17:36 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 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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launch-alert-editor@earthlink.net
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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 »
  LAUNCH ALERT
                 
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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 »
  LAUNCH ALERT
                 
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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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                    Ventura County, California
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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 »
  LAUNCH ALERT
                 
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                        www.spacearchive.info
             
                              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 »
  LAUNCH ALERT
                 
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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 »
 LAUNCH ALERT

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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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« 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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