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Vandenberg SFB Launch Schedule

As of 2022 December 1

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 approved for public release from government, industry, and other sources. This schedule is essentially accurate at the time of publication, but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are withheld until they are approved for public release. 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
DEC? To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch several Starlink satellites into orbit. Delayed from NOV 18
DEC To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch SDA Tranche 0 satellites into orbit for the U.S. Space Development Agency
DEC 15 03:46:40 Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch the SWOT scientific satellite into orbit
DEC 30 To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch the SARah 2 and 3 radar Earth imaging satellites into orbit
JAN 30 To be announced Alpha SLC-2W Third flight of Firefly's Alpha rocket
MAR 30 To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission into orbit

Notes

  1. The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg SFB schedule because different sources were used, the information was interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different times.

  2. The webmaster does not post the dates, launch windows, and times for military launches until they have been officially released by the Defense Department.

  3. 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.).

  4. 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.

  5. 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 - 2022 NOV 5: Pacific Time = UTC -7 hours

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

  7. Launches for all vehicles except the Pegasus XL are scheduled for the start of the launch window. Pegasus XL launch times are scheduled for the middle of the launch window.

  8. Prior to the launch of a classified payload, the exact launch time is kept secret until about T-18 to T-4 hours. The launch window is also secret and not made public. Instead of providing the launch window, the Air Force announces a launch period - a large block of time within which the launch window falls.

  9. For additional information on Vandenberg SFB launches, refer to Viewing Vandenberg AFB Launches.

Abbreviations

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

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