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  • 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...
  • Atlas 5 rocket ready to loft spy payload, 12 CubeSats

    12/05/2013 11:46:24 PM PST · by Rodney Dangerfield · 6 replies
    SpaceFlight Now ^ | December 5, 2013 | Steven Clark
    A top secret surveillance satellite and 12 tiny co-passengers are ready for launch from California's hilly coastline late Thursday aboard an Atlas 5 rocket. The United Launch Alliance booster is set for liftoff at 11:13 p.m. PST (0713 GMT; 2:13 a.m. EST Friday) from Space Launch Complex 3-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
  • Largest Rocket Ever Launched From Vandenberg AFB Makes Lift-Off

    08/28/2013 12:49:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies ^ | August 28, 2013 11:05 AM
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE ( — The largest rocket ever to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base had a succesful lift-off Wednesday. The Delta IV Heavy rocket was launched with a $1 billion spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) “in support of national defense,” according to aerospace engineering firm United Launch Alliance (ULA). Once it reaches orbit in about two days, the classified payload is expected to be able to distinguish details back on Earth as minute as the make and model of an automobile. ULA officials alerted the public about the launch through its Facebook and...
  • Delta 4-Heavy's hush-hush payload found and identified

    01/24/2011 5:54:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 1/24/2010 | Justin Ray
    The clandestine cargo carried into polar orbit Thursday aboard the first California-launched Delta 4-Heavy rocket was a crucial replacement satellite for the nation's surveillance and security network, amateur sky-watchers say.The sophisticated imaging bird follows a long line of Keyhole-type spacecraft that provide ultra-high resolution imagery for the U.S. intelligence community, according to hobbyists who track orbiting satellites with remarkable precision. Ever since the Delta 4-Heavy rocket fired away from Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the amateur observers have been hunting for the new satellite to figure out its identity. The conventional wisdom before the launch said...
  • Vandenberg AFB Launch - - Thursday Jan 20, 2011

    01/19/2011 4:26:31 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 3 replies
    Space Archive ^ | 01/19/2011 | unknown
    JAN 20 13:08 Delta IV Heavy SLC-6 Vehicle will launch the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office's NROL-49 payload
  • Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Successfully Completes 1st Flight

    12/03/2010 5:10:12 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies
    Boeing ^ | 12/3/2010 | Boeing
    Boeing today announced the successful de-orbit and landing of the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), also known as the X-37B, for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO). The X-37B, shown here in a photo from before its launch, landed at 1:16 a.m. Pacific time today, concluding its more than 220-day experimental test mission. It was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on April 22.
  • Vandenberg sets stage for unmanned spacecraft

    12/02/2010 9:18:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Lompoc Record ^ | 12/03/2010 | Janene Scully
    After bidding farewell to more than 1,900 space vehicles, Vandenberg Air Force Base has worked to instead get ready to greet one very high-profile spacecraft. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, the Air Force’s unmanned miniature space shuttle, is scheduled to land as soon as Friday morning at Vandenberg’s 3-mile-long runway. “This is a historical first, not only for Vandenberg Air Force Base but also our Air Force and our nation to receive a recoverable spacecraft here and really take a step forward for unmanned space flight,” said Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander. Launched from the East Coast in...
  • Mystery Space Plane Coming Home, Still No Clue What it Does

    12/01/2010 8:42:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 12/1/2010 | Defense Tech
    So, the world’s most mysterious UAV is set to return to Earth after spending nearly eight months in space where it did lord only knows what. Courtesy of the LA Times: The X-37, an unmanned spacecraft that resembles a miniature version of the space shuttle, is set to land at Vandenberg Air Force Base as early as this week — more than seven months after it was launched into orbit. The Air Force, which has been developing the X-37 pilotless space plane, has kept the ultimate purpose of the program hush-hush. It was launched April 22 from Cape Canaveral, Fla....
  • Preparations underway for first landing of X-37B

    11/30/2010 9:45:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Vandenberg AFB News ^ | 11/30/2010 | 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
    Preparations for the first landing of the X-37B are underway at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Space professionals from the 30th Space Wing will monitor the de-orbit and landing of the Air Force's first X-37B, called the Orbital Test Vehicle 1 (OTV-1). While the exact landing date and time will depend on technical and weather considerations, it is expected to occur between Friday, December 3, and Monday, December 6, 2010.
  • Northrop gives Minuteman test support

    07/13/2010 10:34:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    UPI ^ | 7/13/2010 | UPI
    A Northrop Grumman-led Prime Team supported the recent test of a Minuteman III missile that struck a target near Kwajalein Atoll, the company said. The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Prime Team delivered information regarding site selection for test assets and reviewed flight test hardware configuration before, during and after the launch for the 526th ICBM Systems Group at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. "Minuteman III has been alert ready for nearly four decades (and) we help the Air Force ensure the weapon system remains a credible deterrent force now and far into the future," said Tony Spehar, vice president and program...
  • Space sensors detect, track missile launch

    07/09/2010 4:49:44 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    UPI ^ | 7/9/2010 | UPI
    Demonstration satellites built by Northrop Grumman and Raytheon successfully tracked a ground-based missile launch in a systems test last month. Tracking data generated by satellite sensors was transmitted to the Missile Defense Integration and Operation Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., which serves as the ground station for the two demonstration spacecraft, Northrop Grumman said in a news release "The STSS satellites operated as expected and the system generated high-quality track data during the boost phase in this first missile test of capabilities," said Gabe Watson, vice president, missile defense and missile warning programs for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
  • U.S. tests missile with 'replica' warhead

    06/26/2010 11:18:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | 6/24/2010 | UPI
    Minute Man II missile with a "replica" nuclear warhead was successfully launched from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, officials said. The National Nuclear Security Administration conducted the test in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force, an NNSA release said Thursday. The test was to evaluate the overall performance of the U.S. intercontinental ballistic weapon system, NNSA said. "This successful JTA (warhead) test illustrates NNSA's commitment to ensuring that all weapon systems perform as designed," said Brig. Gen. Garrett Harencak, NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application. "The continued strong cooperation between the NNSA and (the Department of Defense) is...
  • Vandenberg AFB runway gets a makeover for unmanned spacecraft

    05/25/2010 9:31:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 416+ views
    Santa Maria Times ^ | 5/25/2010 | Santa Maria Times
    A small army of workers quickly gave the Vandenberg Air Force Base runway a makeover in readiness for an unmanned spaceplane’s landing. Military officials called the recent runway hardware retrofit a necessary step to prep for the planned landing of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. The unmanned reusable spacecraft launched aboard an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in April. At the time, officials said X-37B — with a wingspan of nearly 15 feet, a length of 29 feet and height of less than 10 feet — could spend up to nine months testing technologies in orbit...
  • Air Force space officials prepare to launch first Minotaur IV

    04/17/2010 10:48:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 426+ views
    USAF Press Release ^ | 4/16/2010 | USAF Press Release
    The first launch of the Minotaur IV Space Launch Vehicle is scheduled to occur April 20 at noon PDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Minotaur IV is the newest variant in the Minotaur family of rockets built by Orbital Sciences Corporation. It is a four-stage solid rocket vehicle consisting of three decommissioned Peacekeeper missile stages and a fourth commercially built stage developed by OSC. For this maiden lift-off, the rocket will be in a "lite" configuration consisting of only the first three stages and no fourth stage due to mission requirements. The payload for this first launch is...
  • Air Force to launch robotic winged space plane

    04/03/2010 7:41:22 PM PDT · by Touch Not the Cat · 7 replies · 572+ views
    Associated Press via yahoo ^ | 2 hrs 50 mins ago | JOHN ANTCZAK,
    After a decade of development, the Air Force this month plans to launch a robotic spacecraft resembling a small space shuttle to conduct technology tests in orbit and then glide home to a California runway. The ultimate purpose of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle and details about the craft, which has been passed between several government agencies, however, remain a mystery as it is prepared for launch April 19 from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The quietly scheduled launch culminates the project's long and expensive journey from NASA to the Pentagon's research and development arm and then to a secretive Air Force...
  • Sea-Based Radar Blamed as GMD Test Ends in Failure

    02/01/2010 7:58:09 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 333+ views
    Space News ^ | 2/1/2010 | Warren Ferster
    A test of the U.S. territorial missile defense system ended in failure because the sea-based cuing radar for the interceptor did not perform as planned, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced Jan. 31. The Jan. 31 test was the first of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system in which the Sea-Based X-band radar was the primary source of tracking and targeting information, MDA spokesman Rick Lehner said Feb. 1. “It was the only radar used in the test,” he said. Previous tests of the GMD system have relied primarily on other radar tracking assets, such as the very high...
  • Flaw to delay missile test for 7 months

    02/01/2010 5:36:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 271+ views
    The Santa Ynez Valley News ^ | 2/1/2010 | Janene Scully
    Vandenberg officials announced two days before the planned Nov. 18 launch that the missile test’s postponement would “allow for the completion of ground testing prior to launching.” However, in response to questions submitted this month, Air Force officials eventually confirmed that some of sort of problem with the weapon led to the postponement. “All that can be said at this time is that the problem was on-board the missile, and the problem is being actively analyzed,” officials said in a written statement. “Once the analysis is complete more information may be available. The analysis will focus on all aspects of...
  • Mysterious Minuteman Malfunction

    01/27/2010 3:43:35 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 607+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/27/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Air Force test program for its Minuteman III ICBMs has been interrupted by a "mechanical problem" that will delay the next test seven months. The missile, selected at random from those stored in Midwest silos, was brought to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, placed in a silo there, and readied for firing into the Pacific. But during the installation of the missile in the silo, a problem was encountered. The air force won't say what exactly the problems is, or if it is something common to other Minuteman missiles. This kind of testing is not as realistic...
  • Big Black and the new bird: the NRO and the early Space Shuttle

    01/15/2010 2:19:04 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 570+ views
    Space Review ^ | 1/11/2010 | Dwayne Day
    Within a year—give or take a few months—the shuttles will no longer be roaring through Florida skies. The program will shut down, the orbiters will go to museums, and pundits and bloggers will jump all over each other to pontificate on the meaning of the shuttle program. Most will declare it a mistake, some will call it a disaster. Eventually the historians will get to it, holding symposia and writing books about the program. Some of them will look at the shuttle’s early origins, when it was slated to be all things to all people: cheap, reliable, responsive. They will...
  • Pentagon Explores Launch Range Improvements

    01/04/2010 10:40:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 211+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/3/2010 | Amy Butler
    U.S. Air Force officials are crafting plans for a 2011 demonstration of a Global Positioning System-tracking system for ascending rockets as part of a slow but comprehensive transformation of the Pentagon’s launch ranges. More than 50 years into the U.S. space launch program, the infrastructure designed to support rockets in some cases requires updating. In other cases, the government needs to off-load excess infrastructure that is no longer needed and focus efforts on more efficient satellite launch processing, says Lt. Gen. Larry James, 14th Air Force commander. The demonstration planned for 2011 is intended to prove the value of GPS...
  • US to Simulate Iranian Missile Attack Next Month

    12/15/2009 2:16:59 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 596+ views
    The Jeusalem Post ^ | 12/15/2009 | Jerusalem Post Staff
    A top Pentagon official said Monday that a US missile defense drill will simulate an Iranian attack, a departure from the usual scenario of a North Korean attack, according to Reuters. "Previously, we have been testing the GMD system against a North Korean-type scenario. This next test ... is more of a head-on shot like you would use defending against an Iranian shot into the United States. So that's the first time that we're now testing in a different scenario," Lt. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly, head of the US Missile Defense Agency said at the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit in...
  • Global Strike Command Assumes Deterrent Missions

    12/10/2009 12:13:00 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 275+ views
    On 1 December 2009, the new US Air Force Global Strike Command formally assumed nuclear deterrence missions with land-based Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. The Command assumed command and responsibility for 20th Air Force and its three missile wings located at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming; at Maelstrom Air Force Base in Montana; at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota; as well as the 576th Flight Test Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Command will later take over the B-52 and B-2 bombers as well.
  • The USAF's Secret Spaceplane

    12/06/2009 4:42:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 35 replies · 3,011+ views ^ | 12/09/2009 | Michael Klesius
    It's been a long wait—in some ways, more than 50 years—but in April 2010, the U.S. Air Force is scheduled to launch an Atlas V booster from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the newest U.S. spacecraft, the unmanned X-37, to orbit. The X-37 embodies the Air Force's desire for an operational spaceplane, a wish that dates to the 1950s, the era of the rocket-powered X-15 and X-20. In other ways, though, the X-37 will be picking up where another U.S. spaceplane, NASA's space shuttle, leaves off.
  • Air Force's Secretive Space Plane Nears Maiden Voyage

    10/25/2009 1:32:54 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 2,614+ views ^ | 22 October 2009 | Leonard David
    You would think that an unpiloted space plane built to rocket spaceward from Florida atop an Atlas booster, circle the planet for an extended time, then land on autopilot on a California runway would be big news. But for the U.S. Air Force X-37B project — seemingly, mum's the word. There is an air of vagueness regarding next year's Atlas Evolved Expendable launch of the unpiloted, reusable military space plane. The X-37B will be cocooned within the Atlas rocket's launch shroud — a ride that's far from cheap. While the launch range approval is still forthcoming, has learned that...
  • Boeing Expands Test Capability For GMD Missile Defense System

    08/19/2009 10:52:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 526+ views
    Space War ^ | 8/19/2007 | Space War
    Boeing, working with industry teammates and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), has completed construction of a second interceptor test silo for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The new underground silo provides additional test capability for the United States' only defense against long-range ballistic missile threats. "Having this second test silo to launch interceptors will allow us to test upgrades to the GMD system more quickly, improving the MDA's ability to stay ahead of evolving threats," said Norm Tew, Boeing vice president and GMD program director. "We are proud to deliver this additional capability...
  • 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.
  • NASA satellite crashes near Antarctica

    02/24/2009 11:29:05 AM PST · by pleikumud · 40 replies · 1,228+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 24, 2009 | Michael Muskal
    $280-million mission to study global warming fails as spacecraft falls short of orbit. A rocket carrying a NASA satellite designed to study global warming crashed near Antarctica, failing to reach orbit after it was launched this morning, according to officials. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite never reached orbit after it took off about 2 a.m. Pacific Standard Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, NASA said in a posting on its website.
  • Atlas V launch at 3:02 AM PDT from Vandenberg

    03/13/2008 2:56:03 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 9 replies · 1,267+ views
    Rocket: Atlas 5 (AV-006) Payload: NROL-28 Date: March 13, 2008 Time: 3:02 a.m. PDT (6:02 a.m. EDT) Site: Complex 3-East, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California Broadcast: G26, Transp. 9, C-band 0948 GMT (5:48 a.m. EDT; 2:48 a.m. PDT) T-minus 4 minutes and holding. The countdown has entered the planned 10-minute hold to give the launch team a chance to review all systems before pressing ahead with the 3:02 a.m. local (6:02 a.m. EDT; 1002 GMT) liftoff.
  • 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.
  • Pentagon Opens Window of Time to Shoot Down Satellite

    02/20/2008 3:58:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 285 replies · 373+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2008 – The Pentagon has opened the window of time in which it will shoot down a malfunctioning U.S. reconnaissance satellite, a senior U.S. military officer said here today. Today’s return of the space shuttle Atlantis to Earth prompted the start of the optimal time period for shooting down the satellite, which extends until about the end of the month, the senior officer told Pentagon reporters. Only “tens of seconds” will be available each day for a favorable launch of a ship-based SM-3 interceptor missile, the senior officer said. “The window is small, … but we’re looking...
  • U.S. missile defense test successful

    09/28/2007 8:35:20 PM PDT · by pissant · 31 replies · 92+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/28/07 | staff
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - A ground-based missile successfully intercepted a target missile Friday in a test of the nation's defense system, the Missile Defense Agency said. ADVERTISEMENT An intercontinental ballistic missile interceptor blasted out of an underground silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base shortly after 1:15 p.m., and tracked a target missile that had lifted off from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska, the Boeing Co. said in a statement. The Missile Defense Agency said initial results show the interceptor's rocket motor system and kill vehicle performed as planned. Boeing said the warhead was tracked, intercepted and destroyed....
  • U.S. successfully launches unarmed intercontinental missile in test

    07/21/2006 12:21:20 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 68 replies · 1,482+ views
    AP via Sun Sentinel ^ | 7/20/2006 | Staff
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Air Force successfully launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile early Thursday. The Minuteman III dummy warheads were fired at 3:14 a.m. and traveled about 4,200 miles before hitting a water target in the Marshall Islands.
  • 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...
  • NORTHCOM Detected Missile Launches; World Evaluates Next Step

    07/05/2006 12:37:18 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 16 replies · 1,004+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 7/5/06 | Donna Miles
    By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 5, 2006 – U.S. Northern Command detected "each and every" North Korean missile launch and had interceptors operational and ready to respond if needed, a senior defense official told Pentagon reporters today. NORTHCOM and North American Aerospace Defense Command officials quickly recognized that the seven ballistic missiles fired yesterday and early today did not pose a threat to the United States or its territories, Bryan Whitman, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, said today. North Korea fired a long-range Taepodong-2 missile and six short- and medium-range Scud and Nodong...
  • U.S. Northern Command confirms 7th missile launch by DPRK

    07/05/2006 12:40:29 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 43 replies · 1,360+ views
    NORTHCOM ^ | July 5, 2006
    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – U.S. Northern Command officials acknowledged today that the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea has launched a sixth short-range ballistic missile from Kittaeryong into the Sea of Japan. It is the seventh launch from the DPRK that trained personnel stationed at the headquarters of the command based in Colorado Springs, Colo., have been able to detect and monitor since Tuesday. USNORTHCOM personnel continue to monitor using various worldwide ground-, sea- and space-based sensors. While Ground-based Midcourse Defense System interceptors at Fort Greely, Alaska, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., were operational during the flight, top...
  • 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...
  • N. Korean threat activates shield U.S. cites a launch as 'provocative'

    06/19/2006 8:47:38 PM PDT · by edpc · 184 replies · 6,182+ views ^ | June 19,2006 | Drudge Report / Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon activated its new U.S. ground-based interceptor missile defense system, Bill Gertz reports in Tuesday's WASHINGTON TIMES, just as officials announced that any long-range missile launch by North Korea would be considered a "provocative act." Poor weather conditions above where the missile site was located by U.S. intelligence satellites indicates that an immediate launch is unlikely, said officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. However, intelligence officials said preparations have advanced to the point where a launch could take place within several days to a month. Two Navy Aegis warships are patrolling near North Korea as part of...
  • Minuteman III launch successful

    06/14/2006 6:13:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 670+ views
    6/14/2006 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from Launch Facility-04 on North Vandenberg at 1:22 a.m. today. The primary purpose of the launch was to assess and demonstrate the operational effectiveness of the Minuteman III weapon system. The missile’s three unarmed re-entry vehicles traveled approximately 4,800 miles in about 30 minutes, hitting pre-determined targets at the Kwajelin Missile Range in the western chain of the Marshall Islands. Col. Jack Weinstein, 30th Space Wing commander, was the spacelift commander. Lt. Col. S.L. Davis, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander, was the...
  • Tenth Interceptor Emplaced for the Ballistic Missile Defense System

    12/21/2005 5:29:15 PM PST · by MARKUSPRIME · 12 replies · 608+ views
    Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry “Trey” Obering III, U.S. Missile Defense Agency director, said today that the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the Missile Defense Agency emplaced the eighth interceptor missile designed to intercept and destroy a long-range ballistic missile into its underground silo at Ft. Greely, Alaska on December 17. Two interceptors are emplaced at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

    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...
  • California launch could produce dazzling sky show (tonight)(freeper pics!)

    09/22/2005 6:32:04 PM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 72 replies · 3,748+ views
    Space Flight Now ^ | SEPTEMBER 22, 2005
    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2005 When the sun goes down at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base tonight, an obscure little satellite will blast off to begin its year-long mission for the U.S. military's research and development agency. The Space Test Program-R1 project's Streak satellite carries a classified price tag and limited details about its underlying purpose. But the launch should be widely visible throughout central and southern California, perhaps as far inland as Arizona and Nevada, if weather conditions permit, when the Minotaur rocket roars into space to deploy its cargo. Liftoff from the Space Launch Complex 8 pad located on...
  • Vandenberg tests Minuteman III ICBM

    09/07/2005 12:08:02 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 9 replies · 644+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 9/7/2005 | AFPN Staff
    9/7/2005 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile successfully launched from here Sept. 7 and landed in the Marshall Islands about 30 minutes later. The mission, conducted by people with the 30th Space Wing and the 576th Flight Test Squadron here and the 91st SW from Minot AFB, N.D, tested the reliability and accuracy of the weapon system. “The Western Range and Vandenberg are national assets critical to verifying the capability of the deployed ICBM force that remains on alert at bases in North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming," said mission director Lt....
  • U.S. Missile Defense Test Succeeds After Two Delays

    12/03/2001 9:49:33 PM PST · by TD911 · 46 replies · 526+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/3/01
    U.S. Missile Defense Test Succeeds After Two Delays WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States military on Monday successfully carried out a twice-delayed test shoot-down of a missile warhead over the Pacific Ocean, advancing missile defense plans opposed by Moscow and Beijing.``The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) announced today (Monday) that it has successfully completed a test involving a planned intercept of an intercontinental ballistic missile target,'' the Defense Department said in a statement.In the test, a ``kill vehicle'' projectile fired from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific intercepted and destroyed the dummy warhead launched on a Minuteman-2 from Vandenberg Air Force ...
  • Interceptor Missile Fails in Test Launch

    12/15/2004 7:09:59 PM PST · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 827+ views
    My Way News ^ | 12/15/04 | JOHN J. LUMPKIN/AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - An experimental interceptor missile failed to get off the ground in a test of the U.S. national missile defense system early Wednesday, raising new doubts about prospects for the imminent activation of the system. In the test, a target missile, a simulated ICBM with a mock warhead, was launched without problem from Kodiak, Alaska, at 12:45 a.m. EST, a statement from the Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency said. However, 16 minutes later, an "unknown anomaly" led to an automatic shutdown of the interceptor missile shortly before it was to launch from the Ronald Reagan Test Site at...
  • U.S. tests land-based missile defense system

    08/16/2003 3:00:55 PM PDT · by sdk7x7 · 18 replies · 463+ views
    U.S. Tests Land-Based Defense Missile VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - A missile was launched Saturday in a test of its flight performance and potential for use as part of a land-based defense system. The prototype, launched from a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, is designed to intercept limited long-range ballistic missiles. The Bush administration wants a missile defense system to include rockets based at Vandenberg. The launch did not test the missile's ability to intercept an incoming rocket. Maj. Stacee Bako said more tests are planned this fall in the Marshall Islands. The three-stage booster was designed by...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 10-21-03

    10/20/2003 11:25:13 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 4 replies · 336+ views
    NASA ^ | 10-21-03 | 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. 2003 October 21 The Belt of Venus over the Valley of the Moon Credit & Copyright: Christine Churchill Explanation: Although you've surely seen it, you might not have noticed it. During a cloudless twilight, just before sunrise or after sunset, part of the atmosphere above the horizon appears slightly off-color, slightly pink. Called the Belt of Venus, this off-color band between the dark eclipsed sky and the blue...
  • Holding Fast Greenpeace action director sees the forest and the trees

    12/14/2004 8:32:44 PM PST · by Dashing Dasher · 7 replies · 244+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 12-14-04 | Dashing Dasher
    Holding Fast Greenpeace action director sees the forest and the trees - Sam Whiting Sunday, December 12, 2004 Mateo Williford, 32, was just another tree-sitter for Greenpeace until he turned up in the last photo essay compiled by the late portraitist Richard Avedon. The 33-page montage, titled "Democracy 2004," appeared in the Nov. 1 New Yorker issue. . ............. Have you put yourself in harm's way? Absolutely. At Vandenberg Air Force Base, I ended up with a gun in my face. We snuck in to attempt to stop the Star Wars missile test. I got caught by an 18-year-old soldier....
  • First Missile Interceptor Installed at Vandenberg AFB

    12/06/2004 6:23:30 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 4 replies · 448+ views
    The Lompoc Record ^ | 12/6/04 | Janene Scully
    The Lompoc RECORD First missile interceptor to be installed at VAFBBy Janene Scully - Associate Editor12/5/04 Countdown clocks ticking off minutes, hours and days will hit zero with this week's installation of the first missile defense interceptor at Vandenberg Air Force Base.On a remote section of northern Vandenberg early Tuesday morning, crews expect to begin lowering the first missile defense interceptor to its underground home.Rain or heavy wind could force the crews to postpone their work, officials warned.The missile, and a second to be added this month, join six already in place in silos at Fort Greely, Alaska, for the...
  • First missile interceptor to be installed at VAFB ("Star Wars" now operational)

    12/06/2004 3:43:18 AM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 19 replies · 1,414+ views
    The Lompoc Record ^ | December 5, 2004 | Janene Scully
    Countdown clocks ticking off minutes, hours and days will hit zero with this week's installation of the first missile defense interceptor at Vandenberg Air Force Base. On a remote section of northern Vandenberg early Tuesday morning, crews expect to begin lowering the first missile defense interceptor to its underground home. Rain or heavy wind could force the crews to postpone their work, officials warned. The missile, and a second to be added this month, join six already in place in silos at Fort Greely, Alaska, for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense segment designed to shoot down limited, long-range missiles fired at...