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Minuteman III launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base

Posted at 4:05 AM, May 01, 2019

Vandenberg Air Force Base officials confirm a Minuteman III Intercontinental ballistic missile launched from the base early Wednesday morning.

Courtesy: Vandenberg Air Force Base

Base officials say the missile was launched just after 2:40 a.m. The launch window opened at 1:16 a.m.

Courtesy: Vandenberg Air Force Base

Air Force Global Strike Command says the launch is a test to determine the weapon system’s effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy.

Courtesy: Vandenberg Air Force Base

These test launches typically take place about once a quarter and are scheduled years in advance.

The most recent Minuteman III launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base was in February.