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Old 04-25-2017, 7:47 PM
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Default Vandenberg AFB ICBM Launch Tonight

For those of you in central California, the L.A. Times is reporting an ICBM test launch tonight (between midnight and 0600 PDT). Should be some interesting radio activity I would think, not to mention the sight of it climbing out over the Pacific.
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I'll be fast asleep (hopefully), but many years ago I saw one launched earlier in the evening. My wife and I were at a drive in theater near Santa Cruz and were able to clearly see it to the south.
Pretty good light show.
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Those "in the know" advise that this type of launch usually goes at the start of the "launch window", which, in this case, is 12:01 AM (PDT).
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Those "in the know" advise that this type of launch usually goes at the start of the "launch window", which, in this case, is 12:01 AM (PDT).
Launch happened around 00:05
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Launch happened around 00:05
That's what I meant ... lol!!! Still, what you posted, I would pronounce "Twelve-O-Five", and what I posted as Twelve-O-One". However, I can see certain agencies referring to it as Zero-Zero-O-Five.
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Probably related, I saw an E-6B TACAMO on www.adsbexchange.com flying a racetrack east of San Nicholas Island at around 2300 last night. I was unaware of the launch and went to sleep.
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If you live near Vandenberg AFB and want to be alerted to upcoming launches
you can subscribe to this e-mail alert via this webpage.
You get e-mail showing you all the info you need and alerts with changes because of technical and weather issues, too.

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That's what I meant ... lol!!! Still, what you posted, I would pronounce "Twelve-O-Five", and what I posted as Twelve-O-One". However, I can see certain agencies referring to it as Zero-Zero-O-Five.
close enough. I was just letting the others know that when it did happen, that's when it actually did.
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They are gonna do it again.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3, between 12:01 a.m. and 6:01 a.m. PDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
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LAUNCH ALERT

Brian Webb
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2017 May 1 (Monday) 17:40 PDT
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VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

Launch
Time/Window
Date (PST/PDT) Vehicle Pad/Silo
-------- ----------------- ------------- --------

MAY 3 00:01-06:01 Minuteman III ----
Test launch

JUN 29 13:02 Falcon 9 SLC-4E
Payload is Iridium Next commercial communications satellites 11-20

JUL To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite

AUG 14 To be announced Atlas V SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S.
National Reconnaissance Office. The Atlas V will use four solid rocket
motors

AUG To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E
Payload is Iridium Next commercial communications satellites 21-30

SEP 21 To be announced Delta II SLC-2W
Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite. The Delta II will
use nine solid rocket motors

SEP To be announced Minotaur C SLC-576E
Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites

OCT 18 To be announced Delta IV SLC-6
Vehicle will launch the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National
Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV will use two solid rocket motors

OCT To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E
Payload is Iridium Next commercial communications satellites 31-40

The above schedule is a composite of unclassified information
approved for public release from government, industry, and other
sources. It represents the Editor's best effort to produce a schedule,
but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are
withheld until they are approved for public release. For official
information regarding Vandenberg AFB activities, go to
Vandenberg Air Force Base > Home.

All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour
format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00,
11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other
online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different
times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex
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