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Minuteman III launches from Vandenberg AFB

Posted at 10:06 AM, Nov 07, 2018

A Minuteman III missile launched Tuesday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Air Force Global Strike Command tells KSBY the unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile lifted off at 11:01 p.m., which was the start of the six-hour launch window.

“Test launches provide valuable data for U.S. Strategic Command and the U.S. Air Force. A reliable test launch occurs when a test missile launches, completes its flight path within a designated safety corridor, the equipment functions properly, sensor data is collected, and the reentry vehicle impacts where targeted. Though the reentry vehicle reached its intended target, the test and analysis data is not releasable to the public,” officials with Global Strike Command told KSBY News.

The base says the tests, which occur about four times a year, are not related to any real-world events.

Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jim Araos, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jim Araos, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs