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  • NASA Picks Falcon 9 Rocket for Launch of Asteroid Mission from Vandenberg AFB

    04/14/2019 5:47:31 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Noozhawk ^ | 04/12/2019 | Janene Scully,
    The spacecraft will demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecraft with it at high speed, a technique known as a kinetic impactor. By slamming the spacecraft into an asteroid at a high speed, scientists hope to push the space rock off course. DART, which will feature solar electric propulsion, has a date to intercept the asteroid Didymos’ small moon in October 2022. At that point, the asteroid — or what NASA called a moonlet — will be within 11 million kilometers, or 7 million miles, of Earth. To achieve the collision, DART will employ an onboard...
  • US to Launch Secret Spy Satellite Saturday

    01/17/2019 10:09:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | January 16, 2019 05:17pm ET | Mike Wall,
    The NROL-71 spacecraft is scheduled to launch atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday (Jan. 19) at 2:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT; 11:05 a.m. local California time), ULA representatives announced yesterday (Jan. 15). ULA had originally targeted early December for NROL-71's liftoff, but bad weather and technical issues pushed the launch back multiple times. The most recent attempt, on Dec. 19, was nixed because of a slight hydrogen leak on the Delta IV Heavy — an issue that has taken several weeks to resolve. NROL-71 will be operated by...
  • SpaceX rocket launch now planned for Friday

    01/11/2019 7:26:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Modesto Bee ^ | January 09, 2019 06:31 PM | Gabby Ferreira and Janene Scully
    The Falcon 9 rocket launch originally planned for early this week has been rescheduled to Friday, SpaceX announced on Twitter. The launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base is set for 7:31 a.m., according to the tweet. “Weather is 60 percent favorable,” the company said. Read more here:
  • Iridium plans launch at Vandenberg AFB

    01/06/2019 8:32:33 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    KSBY ^ | 01/04/2019
    The launch is currently targeted for 7:48 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8. The launch was originally scheduled for December 30, but it was pushed back because of a delay involving another SpaceX launch. The launch will complete Iridium’s mission of replacing its entire network of communication satellites with 75 new satellites.
  • Twice-delayed Delta IV Heavy launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base now planned for Tuesday

    12/15/2018 7:07:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Lompoc Record ^ | 12/13/2018
    The launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket that had been postponed twice from Vandenberg Air Force Base last week is now slated for Tuesday, Dec. 18. The launch is scheduled for a window that will open at 5:57 p.m. from VAFB’s Space Launch Complex-6. The rocket, provided by United Launch Alliance, will carry a secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office in a mission dubbed NROL-71.
  • Warning issued about sonic booms during SpaceX’s first West Coast landing attempt

    10/05/2018 7:09:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    SPace FLight Insider ^ | October 3rd, 2018
    SpaceX has made history by having the first stages of its Falcon 9 rockets conduct controlled landings. One of the side effects of those landings has been triple sonic booms – something the U.S. Air Force noted in a statement issued on Tuesday. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the SAOCOM 1A and ITASAT 1 satellites are scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex-4E on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 7:21 p.m. PDT, a 24 hour slip from the previous launch date. SpaceX noted the change in the schedule in a Twitter post which stated the following: Now targeting October 7...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Vandenberg AFB, California ~ 20 March 2018

    03/19/2018 6:01:03 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 95 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe and the Canteen Crew
    ​     ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Vandenberg Air Force Base, CaliforniaVandenberg Air Force Base is a United States Air Force Base located 9.2 miles northwest of Lompoc, California. It is under the jurisdiction of the 30th Space Wing, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). Vandenberg AFB is a Department of Defense space and missile testing base, with a mission of placing satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast using expendable boosters (Pegasus, Taurus, Minotaur, Atlas V, Delta IV and now SpaceX's Falcon). Wing personnel also support the Service's LGM-30G Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force Development Evaluation...
  • Dashcam video shows three-car crash as freeway drivers brake for SpaceX rocket launch

    12/26/2017 3:37:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    L A Times ^ | 12/26/2017 | Joseph Serna
    The vehicles are westbound on the 10 Freeway in Banning when the rocket’s plume begins to cut through the darkening sky. The driver in the vehicle with the camera and his children can be heard talking about the rocket in amazement while he slows for the wall of brake lights forming in front of them as other drivers take notice. Moments after they drive under the South San Gorgonio Avenue overpass, a thud is heard and then a white four-door vehicle in the next lane is shoved into the car in front of it by a van that rear-ended it....
  • 'The aliens are here': Arizona and California 911 centers are inundated with calls(Trunc)

    12/23/2017 6:45:07 AM PST · by Celerity · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/22/2017 | ARIEL ZILBER
    Initially, some people thought it may have been a UFO or the prelude to an alien invasion. There was also talk of a possible nuclear strike by North Korea. Footage of the rocket launch was captured by a viewer of KTLA-TV. 'What the heck is this weird jellyfish thing going across the sky right now!?!' tweeted actress Jenna Fischer of The Office fame. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, quipped on Twitter that the object in the sky was a 'nuclear alien UFO from North Korea.'
  • SpaceX to Skip First Stage Landing for Upcoming Iridium Launch [Dec. 22 from Vandanberg AFB]

    12/20/2017 1:12:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | December 20, 2017 03:11pm ET | Jeff Foust, SpaceNews Writer |
    In a break from its now-standard practice, SpaceX will not attempt a landing of the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on its next launch this week, the company confirmed Dec. 19. A SpaceX spokesperson said that the company is not planning to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 that is launching a fourth set of 10 Iridium Next satellites Dec. 22 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The company carried a successful static fire test of the booster at the pad Dec. 17. SpaceX offered few details about the decision not to land the booster. "These are...
  • 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 · 7 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...