Sep 22, 2013 4:14 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Minuteman III launches from VAFB

Vandenberg Air Force Base reports an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile successfully launched Sunday at 3:01 a.m. The launch was part of a test launch. The missile travelled 4200 miles to the Marshall Islands. The Department of Defense and the Department of Energy will use data from the test to ensure a safe and secure nuclear deterrent, which they say is crucial for national security. "The test launch is the culmination of months of hard work and preparation. The invaluable data we collect helps us to validate the functionality and performance of system components," said Col. Lance Kawane, 576th Flight Test Squadron Commander. Another Minuteman III test launch out of Vandenberg is scheduled for September 26th.

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