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Vandenberg Fire Department

Emergency crews were called out to Space Launch Complex Two at Vandenberg Airforce Base when a fire broke out on Thursday.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)

An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was successful test launched from the Central Coast Tuesday morning.

The Minuteman III missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 12:21 a.m., flying more than 4,000 miles to a test range in the South Pacific. 

Federal prosecutors have charged a Santa Barbara County man with involuntary manslaughter following a head-on traffic collision which left one person dead, and a second seriously injured. The crash happened Tuesday afternoon on Santa Lucia Canyon Road near Vandenberg Air Force Base.

(Department of Defense photo)

The Central Coast was the scene of a mysterious missile test launch. What's being called a prototype ground launched ballistic missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base Thursday morning. The unarmed missile flew more than 500 kilometers before crashing into the ocean.

(ULA photo)

A new launch date has been set for a spy satellite from the Central Coast, after two scrubbed attempts.

United Launch Alliance officials say they have rescheduled the launch of the Delta Four rocket with the satellite for 5:57 p.m. Tuesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Saturday night’s planned launch of a spy satellite from the Central Coast was scrubbed due to a technical issue.

A United Launch Alliance rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office satellite was supposed to blast off at 8:15 pm from Vandenberg Air Force Base. But, just seven seconds before liftoff, the launch was called off.

The final countdown is on for the first-ever West Coast launch of a mission to Mars.

There’s lot of excitement, but perhaps no one is as thrilled as a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student who actually got the opportunity to be a part of the project. Alfonzo Gonzales is an aerospace engineering major at Cal Poly. He’s one of the students who worked on a pair of communications relay satellites being sent toward Mars along with the primary payload, a spacecraft called “Insight” which will land on the planet.

He was one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, and later became an educator and civil rights leader on the Central Coast.

A memorial service will be held at Vandenberg Air Force Base this weekend for Dr. Arthur Hicks.

Rocket Launch From Central Coast Gets Delayed Again

Feb 17, 2018

A rocket launch from the Central Coast is getting delayed once again.

SpaceX was originally planning to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying satellites from Vandenberg Air Force just after 6 a.m. on Saturday.  It was pushed back to Sunday morning after officials wanted more time for pre-launch system checks. Then, it was postponed to Wednesday for additional time to perform final checkouts.  

(Photo courtesy Airbus)

A planned rocket launch from the Central Coast has been postponed for a day.

SpaceX had been planning to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying one large, and some smaller satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base at around 6 a.m. Saturday.

The company pushed the launch back to Sunday morning. Officials say there wasn’t a problem, but they wanted to do some additional pre-launch system checks.

Photo by U.S. Air Force

A military satellite has been successfully launched from the Central Coast last night after being scrubbed last week due to a problem with the rocket booster.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifted off at 10:49 pm Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base. It was visible for much of the South and Central Coast.

(ULA photo)

A postponed launch of a military satellite from the Central Coast has been rescheduled for Saturday night.

(SpaceX Photo)

The final countdown is on for the planned liftoff of a rocket carrying an earth-imaging satellite into space from Santa Barbara County.

A commercial rocket is set to lift a Taiwanese satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base midday Thursday.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ian Dudley)

An unarmed ballistic missile was successfully test launched from the Central Coast Wednesday morning, but the Air Force says it wasn’t a response to recent North Korean actions.

The Minuteman III missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 2:48 a.m. The missile deployed a test payload off of the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific, some 4200 miles away. Air Force officials say it was the latest in a series of ongoing tests to insure the readiness of equipment, and crews. A flight crew from F.E. Warren Air Force base in Wyoming conducted the flight from Vandenberg.

There's been a schedule change for the launch of a Minuteman III missile from Vandenberg Air Force base  due to a labor dispute.

The labor dispute involves civilian contract employees working for RG Next, who want better wages and benefits.

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