Minuteman III TEST Launch Scheduled
updated: Sep 25, 2013, 11:45 AM
Source: Launch Alert
The following is an Air Force Global Strike Command press release about Thursday morning's launch.
Under good conditions, this event could be visible to the unaided eye for more than 250 miles. An
interesting display may be visible in some areas about 50 to 35 minutes before sunrise as the Sun's rays
illuminate the missile's exhaust at high altitudes.
Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command
Office of Public Affairs
Barksdale AFB, La. 71110-2279
MINUTEMAN III TEST LAUNCH SCHEDULED
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. - An operational test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III
intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Sept. 26, between 3:01 a.m. and 9:01 a.m. (PDT) from
Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
This is the second Minuteman III operational test launch within a week, following the recent test launch
The launches were scheduled by Air Force Global Strike Command to take advantage of range
availability. It also enabled the command to make efficient use of resources by using the same launch
team for both launches.
The launch team, under the 576th Flight Test Squadron's direction, includes Airmen from the 90th
Missile Wing at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., and 91st Missile Wing at Minot AFB, N.D.
"We are looking forward to conducting another test of our Minuteman III with partnering organizations,"
said Col. Lance Kawane, 576th FTS commander. "Every test is the culmination of the total team effort."
Air Force Global Strike Command's 576th FLTS is responsible for tracking and telemetry systems on the
missile, which collect mission data and ensure safety requirements are met. The information obtained
during test launches enables planners to ensure continued sustainment of the ICBM program.
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