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Vandenberg AFB to test launch missile next week

Posted at 3:19 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 21:51:39-05

A test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled to take place at Vandenberg Air Force Base next week.

The launch window is between 12:08 a.m. and 6:08 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5.

Officials say this will be the first test launch at Vandenberg since the 30th Space Wing became part of the U.S. Space Force.

"This launch marks a very special moment in our nation's history," said Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, in a press release. "Providing the range support needed to facilitate this launch showcases how the Space Force will continue to support and integrate into the joint fight to ensure national security for our country."

The Air Force says such tests provide valuable data about the systems, procedures and airmen involved in the launch.