Vandenberg Air Force Base
Vandenberg Air Force Base is one of the nation’s most important military and space installations, where unmanned test missiles and satellites are launched throughout the year. Generally, missile launch days and times are released five days in advance, and are subject to change based on weather conditions and/or mechanical challenges. Call (805) 606-8263 for the latest info.
A missile launch is indeed a sight to behold!
MISSION TO MARS – May 5, 2018
NASA is aiming for May 5, 2018 – between 4:10 and 6:10 am – to launch its Insight* (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) spacecraft on a Mission to Mars from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc. This will be the only interplanetary launch in six decades from VAFB, and the first mission to focus on examining the deep interior of Mars.
Launch dated and time are subject to change based on weather conditions and/or mechanical challenges.
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BASE ACCESS & TOURS
Vandenberg AFB is designated as a closed installation; Howerver, the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs office hosts monthly visits to the Vandenberg Space and Missile Heritage Center at Historic Space Launch Complex-10 are on the third Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m.
Space Launch Complex-10 is the only landmark at Vandenberg AFB to be listed on the national Registry of Historic Places. It is the site of Thor missile tests and Thor/Agena space launches.
The Space and Missile Heritage Center pulls together the history of SLC-10 and all west-coast launch programs as it tells the story of the critical role Vandenberg AFB plays in launching commercial, national security, and scientific polar-orbiting satellites.Vandenberg is the only west-coast spaceport and provides unique capabilities for assured access to and from space.
All participants in these visits must register and provide full name, date of birth, and driver’s license number at least 10 days in advance by e-mailing 30SW.PA.Workflow@us.af.milVisit Website