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Minuteman III Launched
« on: 02/08/2007 02:51 PM »
A Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from North Vandenberg AFB, Site LF-10, at
08:15 UTC on February 7, 2007.  The missile, pulled from active duty in a silo at Minot AFB, North Dakota, launched its unarmed warhead to Kwajalein.  This test was identified as "Glory Trip 193GM".  

According to my records at http://www.geocities.com/launchreport/mmsum.txt this was the 272nd Minuteman III test and the 859th Minuteman-based (M55 series motor) launch (including Minotaur orbital launches, etc. and eight tethered silo launch tests) since the first test in 1959.  The Minuteman III success rate exceeds 98%, with only five failures to date.

http://www.afspc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123040209

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RE: Minuteman III Launched
« Reply #1 on: 02/08/2007 05:50 PM »
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edkyle99 - 8/2/2007  9:51 AM

A Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from North Vandenberg AFB (...)

 - Ed Kyle

Ed, any photos of this launch? I didn't find any on the net :(

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RE: Minuteman III Launched
« Reply #2 on: 02/08/2007 07:20 PM »
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edkyle99 - 8/2/2007  9:51 AM

A Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from North Vandenberg AFB (...)

 - Ed Kyle

Ed, any photos of this launch? I didn't find any on the net :(

Here's a link to a series of images:

http://www.vandenberg.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123040360

And a copy of one of them, officially a U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. William Greer.

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Re: Minuteman III Launched
« Reply #3 on: 02/08/2007 08:54 PM »
I almost don't think that what is currently the only land based ICBM still feilded by the United States should be still called the Minuteman III, after all we are in the process of replacing all their first stages, swapping out their warheads with W87s (well, at least on as many as we have W87s since the production run was cut short and we no longer have the ability to make nuclear weapons) and upgrading their avionics. That should warrent being called the Minuteman IV or at least the Minuteman IIIB.

We are going to have to revist the issue of our land based startigic deterent sooner then we would have thought in any event with many in the AF discussing moving the currently envisioned new ICBM program up from circa 2030 to circa 2013-2015. We desperatley need to restablish our ability to produce modern warheads and walk away from the limits imposed to use by START III.

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RE: Minuteman III Launched
« Reply #4 on: 02/08/2007 09:33 PM »
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Here's a link to a series of images:

http://www.vandenberg.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123040360

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Okay! Thanks Ed!

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Re: Minuteman III Launched
« Reply #5 on: 02/08/2007 09:44 PM »
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 That should warrent being called the Minuteman IV or at least the Minuteman IIIB.

The naming scheme up to now has been tied to the type of motors used.  Since recent and planned upgrades only involve the re-manufacturing (probably re-pouring) of what are essentially existing motor designs, as I understand it (along with updated guidance and so forth), the missiles are still considered "Minuteman III" missiles.  A "Minuteman IV" wouldn't appear unless a new stage or stages were developed to replace existing stage(s).

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Re: Minuteman III Launched
« Reply #6 on: 02/09/2007 08:18 PM »
Ooooh...

That minuteman also tested some range safety improvements with GPS...

http://biz.yahoo.com/pz/070209/113464.html


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RE: Minuteman III Launched
« Reply #7 on: 02/15/2007 06:59 PM »

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edkyle99 - 8/2/2007  2:20 PM  Here's a link to a series of images...

Impressive picture in the link, too -- although my first thought on seeing it was "Oops -- they installed the missle upside-down in the silo."

 


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