H-VANDENBERG AFB

May 22, 2013 9:50 AM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Minuteman III test missile launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base

Vandenberg Air Force Base officials say a Minuteman III test missile launched Wednesday morning.

The launch of the unarmed missile was originally scheduled to go up Tuesday morning, but was delayed because of a range safety instrumentation issue.

It is traveling 4,200 miles across the Pacific, and is one in a series of periodic launches to ensure the intercontinental missile force is reliable.

Last month, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel postponed a test launch from Vandenberg because of concern it could be misinterpreted and worsen relations with North Korea.

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