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Second Minuteman III missile launch this month planned at Vandenberg AFB

Posted at 7:10 PM, May 07, 2019

Vandenberg Air Force Base will launch an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile this Thursday, May 9.

The launch is scheduled to take place between 12:39 a.m. and 6:39 a.m.

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

While such test launches typically occur about once a quarter, this will be the third Minuteman III launch so far this year and the second this month.

The first launch of the year occurred in February. The second was just last week, on May 1.