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  • California police chief says 'blood trail' runs from Washington to bedroom of murdered woman

    08/07/2015 8:33:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 7, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    Video at link, worth watching. A California lawman whose department is investigating the brutal rape and bludgeoning death of a 64-year-old Air Force veteran pointed the finger Friday at state and federal policies he said allowed the illegal immigrant suspect to roam the streets despite a lengthy arrest record. “I think this is a national issue - it starts with administration and their policies,” Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin said days after Marilyn Pharis died from injuries suffered in the July 24 attack. “You can draw a direct line to this governor and Legislature. “I am not remiss to...
  • Malmstrom tests second Minuteman III missile this week at Vandenberg

    03/30/2015 3:39:16 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle today at 3:53 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The test reentry vehicle impacted in a pre-established test area in the Pacific Ocean near the island of Guam approximately 40 minutes after launch. All test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent. The launch team, under the direction of the 576th...
  • Military Tests Missile System at Vandenberg Air Force Base

    01/27/2013 8:38:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    KTLA ^ | 1/26/13 | Paul Martella
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (KTLA) — The 30th Space Wing and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency conducted a flight test of the Ground-Based Mid-course Defense system Saturday. The missile test was designed to demonstrate the latest version of the advanced kill vehicle.
  • Making a crucial delivery (Vandenberg AFB airmen fly 17 tons of boric acid to Japan)

    03/18/2011 6:29:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Santa Maria Times ^ | 3/17/11 | Janene Scully
    Making a crucial deliveryPlane loaded with supplies to help in Japanese crisis By Janene Scully/Associate Editor Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 11:10 pm For some Vandenberg Air Force Base airmen, Thursday’s mission was like any other — beyond the fact they were helping to transport a critical chemical officials hope will avert a full-fledged nuclear meltdown in Japan. Military crews loaded four pallets of boric acid bound for Japan on a C-17 Globemaster plane at Vandenberg on Thursday, a mission that originated less than 24 hours earlier and sounds like something out of an action movie. “I’m glad that Vandenberg...
  • Long-range missile defense test fails

    12/15/2010 9:19:24 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 16 Dec 2010 (1049 HKT) | CNN Wire Staff
    A test of the United States' only long-range missile defense system failed Wednesday -- the second failure this year in two tries. The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency said both the intermediate-range ballistic missile target and the long-range interceptor missile launched successfully, radar and sensors worked properly and the "kill vehicle" deployed. But the "kill vehicle" didn't hit the target. "Program officials will conduct an extensive investigation to determine the cause of the failure to intercept the target," the agency said. "The next flight test will be determined after identification of the cause of the failure." The last test, in January,...
  • Unmanned US spacecraft returns after 7-month trip

    12/04/2010 8:41:19 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    AP News MyWay (linked from Drudge) ^ | Dec 3, 6:36 AM (ET) | AP
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force's secrecy-shrouded X-37B unmanned spaceplane returned to Earth early Friday after more than seven months in orbit on a classified mission, officials said.
  • Monday night Vandenberg launch visable in SoCal of Atlas V rocket with NRO payload

    09/19/2010 6:55:57 PM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 19 replies
    MONDAY VANDENBERG LAUNCH An Atlas V booster carrying a classified National Reconnaissance Office payload is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg AFB Monday evening. The Atlas is set to lift-off from south base at 20:29 PDT. Following lift-off, the Atlas will probably will head southward. Several minutes later, the vehicle will place the NROL-41 payload into orbit. Weather permitting, tomorrow's launch should be visible to the unaided eye for more than 150 miles. Atlas V Launch Scheduled (SEP 17) VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-3 Sept. 20...
  • Prague Surrender

    04/08/2010 4:48:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1,063+ views ^ | April 8, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Arms Deal: President Obama signs away U.S. nuclear security and gives the Russians a veto over whether we can defend ourselves. Our nuclear umbrella is in tatters as another piece of paper proclaims peace in our time. Completing a process of disarmament and appeasement that manifested itself in the dismantling and defunding of U.S. military power that began with his inauguration, President Obama signed a new strategic arms limitation treaty with a grinning and very happy Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday in the Czech capital. How fitting this document was signed in Prague, which isn't far from Munich where...
  • To Hell With 'Howevers,' Fund SDI

    12/08/2008 5:08:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 625+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 8, 2008
    Defense: A ballistic missile launched from Alaska is shot down by an interceptor launched from California. With threats from North Korea to Iran, it's time to ignore the skeptics and fully fund missile defense.It was the most realistic and most successful missile defense test ever in a Strategic Defense Initiative that could one day save an American city from a rogue missile strike. Yet the "yeah, but" media greeted this triumph with claims the concept is still unproven. It was as if the Wright brothers had announced man's first flight, only to be greeted with cries that they hadn't built...
  • Envisioning A World Without America

    09/18/2009 5:56:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies · 3,948+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 18, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: An Iranian mullah once said "a world without America and Zionism" was a real possibility. Our sellout of Eastern Europe and missile defense brings that dream closer to reality. It would take only one warhead."Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism?" Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked at a "World Without Zionism" conference in Tehran in 2005. "But you had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved." He added that Iran had a strategic "war preparation plan" for what it called "the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization." A...
  • Star Wars: The Next Generation

    08/19/2009 5:43:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 1,492+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 19, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: The Air Force airborne laser program successfully completes a simulated kill from a plane able to find, track and destroy a live ballistic missile. We can shoot down enemy missiles. Instead, we're shooting down the laser program.The Aug. 10 effort was the third such test — sort of like a sniper sighting the target with the red dot of a laser without actually pulling the trigger. In early June, the airborne laser (ABL) program engaged two un-instrumented missiles. This was the first in-flight test against an instrumented target missile. A modified Boeing 747-400F aircraft took off from Edwards Air...
  • Target Alaska: Gov. Palin Pushes SDI

    06/01/2009 7:00:19 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 7 replies · 896+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 2, 2009 | Editorial
    As Defense Secretary Gates tours our missile defense site at Fort Greely, Alaska, Gov. Sarah Palin calls for restoration of the missile defense cuts. Meanwhile, North Korea points another missile at the U.S. Robert Gates' visit to our missile defense facility at Fort Greely on Monday was a pointed reminder to the North Koreans that while we have been talking softly, we still have a few big sticks in the ground ready to turn the North Korean missile program into so much scrap metal.
  • Another Bull's-Eye For Missile Defense

    08/05/2009 5:30:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 597+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    SDI: If you missed the news, which isn't hard given how poorly these things are covered, our "unproven" missile defense proved itself again last week, when a U.S. warship downed a simulated North Korean missile in flight.The test, conducted in Hawaiian waters by the Navy and the Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency (MDA), was the 23rd firing by ships equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile defense system. It was the 19th success, including the shoot-down of a dead U.S. spy satellite last year. A short-range ballistic missile simulating a missile like North Korea's Nodongs or Scuds was fired from...
  • Obama Administration Now Learning To Love Missile Defense

    07/05/2009 6:40:18 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 14 replies · 553+ views
    China Post ^ | July 4, 2009 | Peter Brookes
    The Obama administration is reacting to the anticipated launch of another North Korean long-range ballistic missile, expected to fly over the Pacific toward Hawaii sometime soon, by putting missile defense on alert. That's a big change from last time. Back in April, in advance of North Korea's last missile test, the administration pretty much pooh-poohed the threat posed by the Taepo Dong launch, characterizing Pyongyang's saber-rattling as bluster. Indeed, from all outward indications, Team Obama did just about nothing but bloviate to defend U.S. territory and interests from the missile that, by almost all accounts, has the potential to reach...
  • Vandenberg AFB Beefs Up Security: No Beach Access

    06/05/2009 7:51:34 AM PDT · by Bernard Marx · 131 replies · 6,690+ views
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Beefed up security at Vandenberg Air Force Base is preventing public access to the state's Point Sal Beach, which can only be reached on foot through military base property. Outdoor recreational activity has also been banned on most of Vandenberg's 98,000 acres near Lompoc. The military says the heightened state of security will be in place indefinitely. Officials with Vandenberg's 30th Space Wing says the Department of Defense ordered the increase in security and no details are being released. However, the measures were imposed after Osama bin Laden released an audio recording threatening Americans.
  • Delta 2 rocket scheduled for Friday night flight(So. Cal Sighting Opportunity)

    10/24/2008 4:53:14 PM PDT · by cabojoe · 24 replies · 620+ views
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 10/24/08 | Justin Ray
    Under beautiful clear skies, countdown preparations are underway at Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex-2 for this evening's liftoff of the Delta 2 rocket carrying Italy's COSMO 3 spacecraft. The 177-foot tall mobile service tower has been retracted from the United Launch Alliance-built rocket. The gantry was used to stack the two-stage vehicle, the four strap-on solid rocket motors and the COSMO payload atop the pad's launch mount. The tower also provided the primary weather protection and worker access to the rocket during its stay at the oceanside complex on North Vandenberg. Ground teams will spend the next couple...
  • Delta rocket to fly from California early Friday (Sighting Opportunity?)

    06/19/2008 10:20:22 PM PDT · by cabojoe · 14 replies · 200+ views
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 6-19-2008 | Justin Ray
    A joint American and European oceanography satellite designed to continue a growing legacy of monitoring changes in sea levels and the impacts on the global climate awaits an overnight blastoff Friday morning from California.
  • CA: Atlas 5 given green light for blastoff (West Coast Vandenberg AFB Launch, Thursday, 3:02 am PT)

    03/11/2008 9:26:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 1,106+ views
    The Atlas 5 rocket’s planned Thursday liftoff cleared a final hurdle during a routine pre-launch review today at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Officials confirmed the mission is targeting departure at 3:02 a.m. from Space Launch Complex-3 on South Base. While the window remains classified, the launch could occur anytime before 4 a.m., according to officials. The West Coast’s first Atlas 5 rocket will carry a top-secret satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office.
  • North Korean Launches Put US Missile Defense System To Test

    07/05/2006 10:07:34 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 20 replies · 1,105+ views ^ | 07/05/06 | by Jim Mannion
    The US missile defense system was put to its first real test Tuesday and Wednesday with North Korea's launch of a long-range missile and a half dozen shorter range missiles. US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he was on and off the phone with top US commanders almost continuously for days before the missile tests. "I received the notification of the launch of these missiles probably within of a minute of when they occurred," he told reporters before a meeting with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. Pentagon officials were circumspect, though, about how the multi-billion dollar missile defense system performed. "What...
  • Vandenberg AFB Delta IV launch visible tonight. (8:14PM PST)

    06/27/2006 7:34:43 PM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 280 replies · 4,106+ views
    Since this launch is just after sunset, weather permitting and no scubs, it will be visable over a wide area, best views of powered stage of launch, Southern Nevada, Arizona, southeastern California. Cheer the Delta IV on! her first west coast flight with a secret payload that are the eyes and ears of our nations defense in the high frontier. Another bird to watch the bad guys. Updates here.....
  • Possible amazing Light Show (Vandenberg AFB Delta IV Launch Tuesday — update, 8:14PM PDT)

    06/25/2006 9:11:27 PM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 51 replies · 1,403+ views
    Space Flight Now ^ | SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2006 | JUSTIN RAY
    The final piece of Boeing's new generation Delta 4 rocket fleet makes its long-awaited debut this week when a booster blasts off from the U.S. West Coast for the first time, punctuating the company's work to develop a line of launchers and build pads in Florida and California. Conceived in the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program to field new American rockets to carry government payloads for the next two decades, the Delta 4 has flown five times in its medium- and heavy-lift configurations from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Now, the maiden mission from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base is...

    09/21/2005 11:38:10 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 43 replies · 772+ views
    spave view ^ | 9/21/05
    The first Vandenberg AFB dusk launch in nearly three years is slated for Thursday, September 22. The Minotaur booster is scheduled to lift- off from south Vandenberg at 19:24 PDT, the start of a 16-minute launch window. Several minutes later, the rocket will place the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's Streak satellite into a polar orbit. As seen from Santa Barbara, lift-off occurs 29 minutes after sunset. The Minotaur is expected to climb into sunlight during the second stage burn at about T+90 seconds. The exhaust plume will be illuminated by the sun and may create a nice display visible...
  • Ninth Boeing Ground-based Midcourse Defense Interceptor Emplaced (Missile Defense)

    09/21/2005 1:47:01 PM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 5 replies · 469+ views
    Boeing ^ | Sept. 21, 2005
    ST. LOUIS, September 21, 2005 –- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program team and the Missile Defense Agency emplaced the ninth GMD interceptor in its underground silo at Fort Greely, Alaska on Sept. 18. The operation involved the use of a special crane to lower the interceptor into the silo. This is the seventh interceptor emplaced at the Fort Greely Site. Two interceptors also were emplaced at the GMD Site at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in 2004. The GMD system consists of integrated ground-based interceptors, a variety of sensors and an expansive battle management command,...
  • U.S. to Float Giant Missile-Defense Radar to Alaska

    03/30/2005 4:39:18 PM PST · by Righty_McRight · 28 replies · 3,912+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 30, 2005 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is readying an ultra-sophisticated radar system to float slowly around the world to Alaska where it will play a key role in a multibillion-dollar project to shoot down incoming ballistic missiles. The 2,000-ton Sea-Based X-Band Radar is to be hoisted aboard a platform as large as two football fields this week or next, depending on wind and weather in Corpus Christi, Texas, where it has been under initial sea trials. The radar is designed to track and distinguish long-range ballistic missiles from decoys that could be used in an attack on the United States....
  • Rumsfeld says missile defense shield to be ready by year's end

    08/20/2004 8:37:44 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 33 replies · 1,501+ views
    AFP ^ | Aug 18, 2004 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States will have a limited defense against incoming ballistic missiles by the end of this year, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in prepared remarks, calling it a "triumph of hope and vision over pessimism and skepticism." AFP/Boeing/File Photo Rumsfeld hailed the developers of the missile defense system in a speech prepared for delivery to a conference in Huntsville, Alabama, a day after President George W. Bush (news - web sites) and Senator John Kerry (news - web sites), the Democratic presidential nominee, clashed over the controversial project on the campaign trail. "It has been...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 07-22-04

    07/22/2004 7:01:33 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 581+ views
    NASA ^ | 07-22-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 July 22 Aura Launch Credit & Copyright: Rick Baldridge Explanation: In this alluring time exposure, star trails arc across the night sky above Monterey Bay and the lights of Santa Cruz, California, USA. But since the exposure began around 3:01am PDT on July 15 it also records the long trail of a Delta II rocket lofting NASA's Aura spacecraft into Earth orbit. Watching from a vantage point...
  • Delta II Rocket with "Aura" Satellite Launch Set For 3:02 a.m. PST 15 July 2004 Vandenberg AFB

    07/15/2004 2:38:43 AM PDT · by bd476 · 40 replies · 680+ views
    If all goes well, a Delta II rocket will take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California at 3:01:59. This will be the fourth attempt. Live coverage right now in countdown mode on NASA TV webstream. Image is clear on dial-up ISP. Listen for a loud sonic boom on the West Coast. "Image : Aura's Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) is designed to profile atmospheric chemistry across the globe. Aerosols are one of the trace gases humans introduce into the atmospheric chemistry through pollution. Credit: NASA" "Aura is part of the Earth Observing System (EOS), a program dedicated to monitoring the...
  • ILS To Launch NRO Mission as First Atlas V Flight from Upgraded Pad

    03/04/2004 5:09:45 PM PST · by klpt · 199+ views
    SpaceDaily ^ | Mar 04, 2004 | Mclean
    International Launch Services (ILS), a Lockheed Martin Corp. joint venture, has been given the green light for what will be the first Atlas V launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The launch will be from Space Launch Complex (SLC) 3-East, which is being refurbished to support a late 2005 launch for this national security mission. The launch is for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), as one of 18 missions assigned to ILS and the Lockheed Martin-built Atlas V rocket under the U.S. Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. This is the formal contract for one of those...
  • Atlas 2AS rocket launches from Vandenberg

    12/02/2003 2:18:42 AM PST · by Rockitz · 31 replies · 410+ views ^ | 12/2/2003 | Justin Ray
    A Lockheed Martin Atlas 2AS rocket has lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California carrying a classified payload into orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. Check our our Mission Status Center to follow the rocket's climb to orbit.
  • Final Titan II launches from Vandenberg

    10/20/2003 2:29:18 PM PDT · by inPhase · 9 replies · 127+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | !0/20/03 | Staff Sgt. Rebecca Danet
    Final Titan II launches from Vandenberg by Staff Sgt. Rebecca Danét 30th Space Wing Public Affairs 10/20/2003 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- The Air Force's 13th and final Titan II rocket launched a Defense Meteorological Satellite Program payload from here Oct. 18 at 9:17 a.m. The launch took place following two recent delays. The mission was delayed Oct. 15 when an air-conditioning duct became detached from the booster's payload fairing. The fairing surrounds the satellite atop the rocket. The duct is required to maintain environmental conditions for the satellite before launch. It was delayed again Oct. 16...

    10/13/2003 9:31:19 PM PDT · by WSGilcrest · 4 replies · 241+ views ^ | 2003 September 13 (Monday) 06:01 PDT | Brian Webb
    MISSILE LAUNCH WEDNESDAY A Titan II missile is scheduled for launch this Wednesday morning from Vandenberg AFB. The vehicle is slated to leave SLC-4W at south base at 09:17 PDT, the start of a 10-minute launch window. Several minutes later the Titan will place a DMSP military weather satellite into a low altitude polar orbit selected to give the spacecraft's sensors global coverage. For up-to-date countdown status and further information regarding this launch, go to the Spaceflight Now web site at: ---------------------------------------------------------------------- TITAN II SET TO LAUNCH Vandenberg AFB News Release (Vandenberg AFB, OCT 10) The era...

    08/14/2003 9:00:48 PM PDT · by WSGilcrest · 1 replies · 340+ views ^ | 2003 August 14 (Thursday) 06:02 PDT | Brian Webb
    ASTRONOMY/SPACE ALERT FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Brian Webb Ventura County, California E-mail: Web Site: Reaching more than 2,200 e-mail addresses worldwide 2003 August 14 (Thursday) 06:02 PDT ---------------------------------------------------------------------- SATURDAY MISSILE LAUNCH A prototype anti-missile interceptor booster is scheduled for launch this Saturday from Vandenberg AFB. Launch will probably occur at, or shortly, after 11:00 PDT, the start of a 6-hour launch window. This launch was originally scheduled for tomorrow, but it appears to have slipped to Saturday. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- The following is a news media advisory from the Missile Defense Agency. It has been reformatted for publication. MISSILE DEFENSE ROCKET...

    08/05/2003 6:00:27 PM PDT · by WSGilcrest · 20 replies · 216+ views ^ | 2003 August 5 (Tuesday) 05:15 PDT | Brian Webb
    MINUTEMAN LAUNCH TOMORROW A Minuteman III strategic missile is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg AFB early Wednesday morning, August 6th. The routine test will send three unarmed warheads on a ballistic (non-orbital) trajectory to the central Pacific. The vehicle will probably leave its silo at northwest Vandenberg at 01:31 PDT or sometime shortly afterward. The launch window extends from 01:01 to 07:31* PDT. The vehicle will quickly climb into the night sky and send the warheads on a 30-minute trip to the Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein atoll, some 4,200 nautical miles downrange. *The Vandenberg AFB news release gives the...

    05/01/2003 3:45:53 PM PDT · by WSGilcrest · 6 replies · 406+ views ^ | 2003 April 30 (Wednesday) 20:30 PDT | Brian Webb, KD6NRP
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------- VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE As of 2003 April 9 This schedule is a composite of unclassified information from government, industry, and other reliable sources. The dates and times may not agree with those posted on the official Vandenberg AFB launch schedule ( Launch Time/Window Date (PST/PDT) Vehicle Pad/Silo -------- ----------- ---------- -------- JUN 1 ~12:00 Pegasus XL Offshore Payload is OrbView 3 commercial reconnaissance satellite. Pegasus will be air-launched from an L-1011 staged from Vandenberg AFB JUN Unannounced Minuteman III LF-04 ICBM test launch (non-orbital). Payload is at least one unarmed warhead. Impact area is near Kwajalein in the...

    01/10/2003 2:36:59 PM PST · by WSGilcrest · 13 replies · 322+ views ^ | 2003 January 10 (Friday) 07:20 PST | Brian Webb, KD6NRP
    ASTRONOMY/SPACE ALERT FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Brian Webb, KD6NRP Ventura County, California E-mail: Web Site: 2003 January 10 (Friday) 07:20 PST ---------------------------------------------------------------------- SATURDAY ROCKET LAUNCH A Delta II rocket with two scientific satellites is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg AFB tomorrow (Saturday January 11th). Lift-off is set for 16:45 PST, the start of a 45-minute launch window. If all goes well the ICESat and CHIPSat satellites will be placed into orbit. At lift-off the Sun will be above the horizon for observers in most of California. However, this will be an evening twilight launch for Arizona, Nevada, and Utah....

    01/05/2003 12:11:39 AM PST · by WSGilcrest · 7 replies · 284+ views ^ | 2003 January 14 (Saturday) 08:55 PST | Brian Webb, KD6NRP
    SUNDAY VANDENBERG LAUNCH After several delays, the Air Force will make another attempt on Sunday to launch the Coriolis military R&D satellite. A Titan II booster carrying the spacecraft is set to lift-off from Vandenberg AFB tomorrow morning at 06:18 PST, the start of a 15-minute launch window. Following lift-off, the refurbished strategic missile will begin heading southward. Several minutes later the Titan will place Coriolis into an egg-shaped orbit that circles the Earth's poles. Since launch is set for morning twilight, a nice visual display might occur as the vehicle emerges from the Earth's shadow and sunlight reflects off...

    12/14/2002 6:30:05 PM PST · by WSGilcrest · 9 replies · 275+ views ^ | 2002 December 14 (Saturday) 09:35 PST | Brian Webb, KD6NRP
    ASTRONOMY/SPACE ALERT FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Brian Webb, KD6NRP Ventura County, California E-mail: Web Site: 2002 December 14 (Saturday) 09:35 PST ---------------------------------------------------------------------- SUNDAY LAUNCH A Titan II rocket carrying a military satellite is scheduled for launch Sunday morning from Vandenberg AFB. The Titan is set to leave south Vandenberg at 06:18 PST, the start of a 15-minute launch window. Following lift-off, the refurbished strategic missile will begin heading southward. Several minutes later the Coriolis satellite should be placed in an elliptical polar orbit. Since launch is slated for morning twilight, a nice visual display might occur as the vehicle...
  • Integrated Flight Test 9 Scheduled - Minuteman Missile Launch at Vandenberg on Monday, October 14

    10/11/2002 1:27:19 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 290+ views ^ | October 8, 2002 | United States Department of Defense
    Integrated Flight Test 9 Scheduled The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) will conduct a developmental flight test to include the planned intercept of a long-range ballistic missile target in support of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) test program on Oct. 14, 2002. The test will involve the launch of an Orbital Suborbital Program long-range missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The OSP, a modified Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile, will carry a mock warhead and decoys. About 20 minutes after the target missile is launched, and about 4,800 miles away, a ground-based interceptor (GBI) carrying a prototype exoatmospheric kill...