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If you want to know about rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base before they become just pretty contrails in the evening sky, this is the place to be.
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Next Launch: An Atlas V is scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg AFB no earlier than October. (Rescheduled several times)


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Upcoming Launches
Want to learn what rocket launches are impending?
Perseids Meteor Shower The legacy of comet Swift-Tuttle gives us a natural fireworks viewing opportunity on mid-summer nights...
Iridium Flares
A nifty communications satellite shows off its flash. Great for winning bar bets!
International Space Station and the Space Shuttle
Information on viewing the International Space Station, and the Space Shuttle (when it is in orbit).
Delta Launch
Info about Delta II missions.
Rainbow trail left by the 10/2/99 M-II launch (photo by Dave Vosburg)
On October 2, 1999, a test of a prospective National Missile Defense interceptor provided much of the U.S. West Coast with some spectacular views of a Minuteman II launch. Check here for photos, films, and viewing reports.
Vandenberg AFB
Some background information on our closest launch facility...
Tour of Vandenberg AFB
A report of my June, 1998 tour (with photos)
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