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Vandenberg SFB Launch Schedule

As of 2023 January 31

A Taurus rocket carrying the ROCSAT-2 satellite lifts-off from Vandenberg SFB

A Taurus rocket carrying Taiwan's ROCSAT-2 satellite lifts-off from Space Launch Complex 576E at Vandenberg SFB. To access launch photos, videos, and audio reports, visit the Vandenberg Rocket and Missile Launch Multimedia library. Image courtesy U.S. Air Force.

This schedule lists rocket and missile launches from Vandenberg SFB for the next several months. It is a composite of unclassified information from open sources. This schedule is believed to be generally accurate at the time of publication, but may disagree with other sources. Details on U.S. military launches are withheld until they are publicly released or reported in the news media. For detailed information about this schedule, refer to the Notes section below.

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This schedule does not list launches that have not been publicly announced. All launch dates and times are subject to change and are listed in 24-hour format.

Date Launch
Time/Window
PST/PDT
Vehicle Pad/Silo Comments
FEB 27 To be announced Alpha SLC-2W Third flight of Firefly's Alpha rocket
FEB 27 To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch the SARah 2 and 3 radar Earth imaging satellites into orbit
MAR To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch SDA Tranche 0 satellites into orbit for the U.S. Space Development Agency
MAR To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission into orbit
APR To be announced Alpha SLC-2W Fourth flight of Firefly's Alpha rocket
APR To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch the Transporter 7 mission into orbit. Launch site is California or Florida
JUN To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch SDA Tranche 0 satellites into orbit for the U.S. Space Development Agency
JUN To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch the Iridium-9 mission into orbit.

Notes

  1. This schedule may disagree with other launch schedules because different sources were used, the information was interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different times.

  2. All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00, 11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

  3. The above schedule makes no distinction between Pacific Standard Time (PST) and Pacific Daylight Saving Time (PDT). PST is in effect from the first Sunday in November to the second Sunday in March. PDT is in effect from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

  4. The Pacific Time zone lags UTC by 7 or 8 hours, depending on the time of year. The time difference is as follows:

    2022 NOV 6 - 2023 MAR 12: Pacific Time = UTC -8 hours

    2023 MAR 12 - 2023 NOV 5: Pacific Time = UTC -7 hours

  5. Launch dates are fluid and tend to change over time.

  6. Prior to the launch of a classified payload, the exact launch time is usually not released until about T-18 to T-4 hours. The launch window is also witheld. Instead of providing the launch window, a launch period is often announced. A launch period is a large block of time within which the launch window falls.

  7. For additional information on Vandenberg SFB launches, refer to Viewing Vandenberg Rocket and Missile Launches.

Abbreviations

NETNo Earlier Than
PDTPacific Daylight Time
PSTPacific Standard Time
SLCSpace Launch Complex
UTCCoordinated Universal Time

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