Space and astronomy news and information for the American Southwest. Coverage includes Vandenberg AFB rocket and missile launches.

OSPTLV (Minuteman II) Missile Launch

2006 May 21

Photo of the first Orbital Suborbital Program Target Launch Vehicle (OSPTLV) launch

A photo taken of the 2000 May 28 launch of an OSPTLV (Orbital Suborbital Program Target Launch Vehicle) missile from Vandenberg AFB. The modified Minuteman II strategic missile flew a ballistic trajectory and impacted in the Pacific Ocean.

This image shows the OSPTLV climbing after leaving missile silo LF-06 at northwest Vandenberg. Taken by Brian Webb while covering the launch for public radio.

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