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Vandenberg Air Force Base

Vandenberg Air force base in Lompoc, California


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.

A missile launch is indeed a sight to behold!

Generally, missile launch days and times are released five days in advance. Call (805) 606-8263 for the latest info. Please note that weather conditions may force postponement.

The public viewing site for Vandenberg launches is off of Corral Road near Vandenberg’s main gate. Take Highway 1 to the Santa Maria Gate and proceed on Lompoc Casmalia Road.

Insider Tip: Another great viewing area is on Ocean Ave – West of Lompoc.

Lompoc hotels book up fast for missile launches!

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Vandenberg AFB is designated as a closed installation, but 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

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