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

Vandenberg AFB Rocket and Missile Launch Multimedia

2018 May 6

Use the following links to explore years of Vandenberg AFB rocket and missile launch photos, movies, videos, and audio reports.

Photos, Movies, and Video

Delta II rocket / Iridium MS-5 satellite launch

Pegasus XL rocket / TRACE satellite launch

Delta II rocket / Iridium MS-11 satellite launch

Delta II / Iridium MS-5
1997 NOV 8

Pegasus XL / TRACE
1998 APR 1

Delta II / Iridium MS-11
1998 NOV 6

Pegasus XL rocket / WIRE satellite launch

Peacekeeper missile / Glory Trip 28PA launch

MSLS (Minuteman II) missile / IFT-3 launch

Pegasus XL / WIRE
1999 MAR 4

Peacekeeper / Glory Trip 28PA
1999 MAR 10

MSLS (Minuteman II) / IFT-3
1999 OCT 2

Titan II rocket / DMSP F-15 satellite launch

Taurus rocket / ACRIMSAT / KOMPSAT satellite launch

Minotaur rocket / JAWSAT satellite launch

Titan II / DMSP F-15
1999 DEC 12

Taurus / ACRIMSAT / KOMPSAT
1999 DEC 20

Minotaur / JAWSAT
2000 JAN 26

OSPTLV (Minuteman II) missile launch

MSLS (Minuteman II) missile / IFT-5 launch

Minuteman III missile / Glory Trip 176GM launch

OSPTLV (Minuteman II)
2000 MAY 28

MSLS (Minuteman II) / IFT-5
2000 JUL 7

Minuteman III / Glory Trip 176GM
2001 NOV 7

OSPTLV (Minuteman II) / IFT-7 launch

Minuteman III missile / Glory Trip 180GM launch

Peacekeeper missile / Glory Trip 32PA launch

OSPTLV (Minuteman II) / IFT-7
2001 DEC 3

Minuteman III / Glory Trip 180GM
2002 SEP 19

Peacekeeper / Glory Trip 32PA
2003 MAR 12

Delta II rocket / Gravity Probe B satellite launch

Peacekeeper missile / Glory Trip 33PA launch

Minuteman III missile / Glory Trip 186GB launch

Delta II / Gravity Probe B
2004 APR 20

Peacekeeper / Glory Trip 33PA
2004 JUL 21

Minuteman III / Glory Trip 186GB
Minuteman III Launch Wallpaper
2004 SEP 15

Minuteman III missile / SERV 2 launch

Minotaur rocket / Streak satellite launch

Minuteman III / Glory Trip 190GB launch

Minuteman III / SERV 2
2005 AUG 25

Minotaur / Streak
2005 SEP 22

Minuteman III / Glory Trip 190GB
2006 APR 7

Delta IV rocket / NROL-22 launch

Minuteman III / Glory Trip 193GM launch

Pegasus XL rocket / AIM satellite launch

Delta IV / NROL-22
2006 JUN 27

Minuteman III / Glory Trip 193GM
2007 FEB 7

Pegasus XL / AIM
2007 APR 25

Atlas V rocket / NROL-28 launch

Delta II rocket / COSMO-3 launch

Ground Based Interceptor/ FTG-06 launch

Atlas V / NROL-28
2008 MAR 3

Delta II / COSMO-3
2008 OCT 24

Ground Based Interceptor / FTG-06
2010 JAN 31

Delta II rocket / COSMO-4 launch

Delta II / COSMO-4
2010 NOV 5

Radio News Stories

Since 1996, the Webmaster has produced numerous news stories about Vandenberg AFB rocket and missile launches for public radio. The following audio clips are a sample of these reports. Each story is copyrighted and used with permission.

Name Date Description
Minuteman III / Glory Trip 177GM 2002 JUL Minuteman III / Glory Trip 177GM pre-launch news story
Scud B 2002 NOV News story about upcoming launches of Scud B missiles
Titan II / Coriolis 2003 JAN Titan II / Coriolis satellite launch preview
Delta II / ICESat / CHIPSat 2003 JAN Narrative about the launch of the ICESat and CHIPSat satellites
Atlas IIas / MLV-14 2003 DEC News story about the launch of a classified National Reconnaissance Office payload
Ground-Based Interceptor / BV-5 2004 JAN Report on the BV-5 booster verification test. The test involved the launch of a prototype EKV booster for the U.S. missile defense program
Minuteman III / Glory Trip 184GM 2004 MAR Narrative about the cancellation of the Minuteman III missile / Glory Trip 184GM launch
Delta II / Gravity Probe B 2004 APR 19 News story about the pending launch of the Gravity Probe B satellite (the launch was later postponed and occurred the following day)
Minuteman III 2005 MAR 22 Minuteman III pre-launch news story
Delta II / NOAA N 2005 MAY 10 News story about upcoming launch of a Delta II rocket carrying the NOAA N environmental satellite
Minotaur / Streak 2005 SEP 22 Narrative about the Minotaur / Streak launch
Titan IV / NROL B-26 2005 OCT 19 Report on the Titan IV / NROL B-26 launch
Minuteman III / SERV 3 2006 FEB 15 Minuteman III / SERV 3 pre-launch news story
Delta II / CloudSat / CALIPSO 2006 APR 28 News story about upcoming launch of a Delta II rocket and CloudSat and CALIPSO satellites
Delta IV / NROL-22 2006 JUN 27 Narrative about the Delta IV / NROL-22 launch
Minuteman III / Glory Trip 192GM 2006 JUL 20 Report on the Minuteman III / Glory Trip 192GM launch
Ground-Based Interceptor / FTG-2 2006 AUG 30 Ground-Based Interceptor / FTG-2 pre-launch news story
Delta IV / DMSP F-17 2006 NOV 3 News story about upcoming launch of a Delta IV rocket and DMSP F-17 satellite
Delta II / NROL-21 2006 DEC 14 Delta II / NROL-21 pre-launch news story
Target Launch Vehicle / FTX-2 2007 MAR 20 Target Launch Vehicle / FTX-2 missile defense test pre-launch news story
Pegasus XL / AIM 2007 APR 25 News story about upcoming Pegasus XL / AIM satellite launch
Delta II / COSMO-1 2007 JUN 7 Delta II / COSMO-1 launch preview
Delta II / COSMO-2 2007 DEC 5 Narrative about the upcoming Delta II / COSMO-2 launch
START Inspection 2008 JAN 18 Officials from the former Soviet Union inspect Vandenberg AFB to verify compliance the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
Delta II / Jason-2 2008 JUN 19 A U.S.-French satellite that may reveal how climate change affects sea level is poised to lift-off from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Delta II / COSMO-3 2008 OCT 24 Area residents have an opportunity to see the evening launch of an Italian satellite from the Central Coast.
Taurus XL / OCO 2009 FEB 23 Orbiting Carbon Observatory pre-launch news story
Delta II / WorldView-2 2009 OCT 8 Report on the launch of the WorldView-2 commercial Earth imaging satellite
Delta II / WISE 2009 DEC 14 A NASA satellite launched from Vandenberg AFB will survey the sky in the invisible realm of the infrared.
Minotaur IV Lite / HTV-2 2010 APR 21 Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2 pre-launch news story
Minotaur IV / SBSS 2010 SEP 24 The upcoming launch of a military space surveillance satellite may be visible over a wide area.
Delta II / COSMO-4 2010 OCT 29 A Delta II rocket carrying an Italian Earth imaging satellite is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg AFB.
Atlas V / NROL-36 2012 AUG 1 Preview of the launch of an Atlas V carrying the classified National Reconnaissance Office NROL-36 payload and several cubesats including California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo's CP5 and the University of Southern California's AENEAS
Atlas V / Landsat-8 2013 FEB 11 Landsat-8 (LDCM) pre-launch news story
Pegasus XL / IRIS 2013 JUN 27 Preview of the launch of a Pegasus XL rocket carrying NASA's IRIS solar astronomy satellite
Ground-based Interceptor / FTG-7 2013 JUL 3 News story produced for KUAC public radio about the upcoming FTG-7 missile defense test
Falcon 9 / CASSIOPE 2013 SEP 13 News story about the upcoming Falcon 9 / CASSIOPE launch
Atlas V / NROL-39 2013 DEC 5 Preview of the launch of an Atlas V carrying the classified National Reconnaissance Office NROL-36 payload and several small satellites
Atlas V / DMSP F-19 2014 APR 2 News story about the upcoming launch of the DMSP F-19 military weather satellite aboard an Atlas V rocket
Delta II / OCO-2 2014 JUL 2 Preview of the upcoming Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission
Atlas V / NROL-35 2014 DEC 11 Report on the Atlas V/NROL-35 launch and the rocket's use of Russian technology
Delta II / SMAP 2015 JAN 28 News story about NASA's SMAP satellite
Delta IV / NROL-55 2015 OCT 7 Preview of the NROL-55 launch and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's role in the mission
Atlas V / NROL-45 2016 FEB 9 Report on the journey of a Delta IV rocket from the factory in northern Alabama to Vandenberg AFB for launch. This story was tentatively scheduled for broadcast, but may not have aired.
Atlas V / WorldView-4 2016 SEP 16 News story about the Atlas V/WorldView-4 launch
Atlas V / NROL-79 2017 MAR 1 Description of the upcoming Atlas V/NROL-79 launch and information on launch visibility
Falcon 9 / Iridium NEXT 11-20 2017 JUN 23 Preview of the Falcon 9 / Iridium NEXT 11-20 launch scheduled for JUN 25
Atlas V / NROL-42 2017 SEP 21 Report on the Atlas V / NROL-42 launch from Vandenberg AFB and the expected light show. This story was aired on 2017 SEP 21, but the launch actually occurred on SEP 23.
Atlas V / Mars InSight 2018 MAY 4 Description of the Atlas V / Mars InSight launch from Vandenberg AFB and why this planetary mission was being launched from the West Coast.

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