After weeks of preparation, a nuclear weapons capable missile is set for a test launch early tomorrow morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Plans call for the Minuteman III to lift off sometime between two and eight a.m., and to send a dummy payload some 4,800 miles downrange to a target in the Central Pacific.
Data from the flight will be combined with data from other Minuteman launches to assess the reliability of the missile system.
A Santa Barbara based peace group is planning a protest tonight outside of the base over the launch, and will be joined by anti-war activist Daniel Ellsberg.
The former military analyst who became known for releasing what became known as the “Pentagon Papers” to the media during the Vietnam War is visiting Santa Barbara, where he spoke at a Nuclear Age Peace Foundation event last night.