The Air Force has announced plans to test launch an intercontinental ballistic missile from the Central Coast this week. The launch window at Vandenberg Air Force Base begins at 11:47 Tuesday and extends to 5:47 Wednesday morning.
The Air Force routinely launches unarmed Minuteman III missiles from the base as part of its efforts to test equipment and crew readiness.
The missiles usually fly to a test range in the Pacific about 4000 miles away. Weather conditions permitting, the launch should be visible throughout much of the Central and South Coasts.