Minuteman III Missile Launches Early Thursday Morning
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test Thursday, May 9, at 12:40 a.m. Pacific Time from north Vandenberg.
Col. Kris Barcomb, the 30th Operations Group commander, was the launch decision authority.
"It is our mission at the 30th Space Wing to provide robust and efficient range capabilities for the nation, and to do so safely and effectively," Barcomb said. "The Western Range plays an integral role in national security, and our ICBM test launch program helps maintain the credibility of our nuclear deterrent. Launching two Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles one week apart is a true testament to the capabilities of Team Vandenberg."
Missile Launch Scheduled for Thursday Morning
Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) is scheduling a Minuteman III missile launch Thursday between 12:39 and 6:39 a.m.
The intercontinental ballistic missile is the second missile test from Vandenberg AFB this month.
Be on alert for loud sounds and possible visuals in the sky.