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Military Missile Test Launch Set For Central Coast

Senior Airman Clayton Wear
U.S. Air Force
A Minuteman III test launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Six hour launch window from Vandenberg Space Force Base set for Wednesday.

A military rocket launch is set to take place from the Central Coast early Wednesday morning.

The Air Force is planning to test launch an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

The launch window for the Minuteman III missile is from 12:51 a.m. to 6:51 a.m. Wednesday. It’s the latest in a string of planned test launches from the base to test the readiness of equipment and flight crews. The missiles typically carry a dummy payload to a test range in the South Pacific.

The last Minuteman III launch attempt in May was aborted when a computer detected a pre-launch issue.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.