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Air Force tests Minuteman III strike missile in Vandenberg launch

Air Force tests Minuteman III strike missile in Vandenberg launch

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Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile with a test reentry vehicle shortly after midnight on Wednesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, according to U.S. Strategic Command. The test launch is meant verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent, Air Force officials said. "Test launches are not a response or reaction to world events or regional tensions," U.S. Strategic Command said in an announcement of the test. The ICBM's reentry vehicle travelled about 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Strategic Command said. The team that conducted the lunch includ...
Air Force tests Minuteman III missile in launch at Vandenberg

Air Force tests Minuteman III missile in launch at Vandenberg

Business
May 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force launched a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile in a test from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The unnarmed rocket took off at 2:42 a.m. Wednesday, KEYT-TV in Central California reported. It was equipped with a test re-entry vehicle. The launch was handled by a team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The two other bases overseeing the ICBM alert forces are the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., and the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. The missile traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The test was designed to verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system in an effort "to...
Last Delta II successfully launches ICESat-2 from Vandenberg

Last Delta II successfully launches ICESat-2 from Vandenberg

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Sept. 15 (UPI) -- NASA's newest ice-measuring satellite was launched into orbit around Earth's poles on Saturday morning aboard the last flight of United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. ICESat-2 was carried into space at 6:02 a.m. PDT from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, NASA said. The scheduled time was 5:46 a.m. but it had a 40-minute launch window. The spacecraft deployed its four solar panels and is drawing power, meaning it successfully went into orbit. It is orbiting the globe, pole to pole, at 17,069 mph from an average altitude of 290 miles. Ground stations in Svalbard, Norway, acquired signals from the spacecraft. The official name is NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2. ICESat-2's only instrument is a laser system designed to measure the height of Earth's ...