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Space to explore Lompoc
Space to explore Lompoc

Did you know that Lompoc is the best vantage point for viewing rocket launches on the West Coast? Lompoc is your front-row seat to watch a rocket light up the morning sky and to feel the thunderous rumbling through the ground for miles around.

People come to Lompoc from far and wide… just to catch a glimpse of rockets glimmering as they reach out into orbit from Vandenberg Space Force Base. Vandenberg is host to many public and private aerospace entities including NASA, SpaceX, United Launch Alliance, and others. In fact, it’s the only military base in the United States that launches unmanned satellites into orbit - including 2018’s Mission to Mars and the IceSat 2.


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Graphic: Observing Earth GEOTOUR geocaching tour - NOAA, NASA, USGS, JPSS, Landsat
Atlas V Landsat 9 Rocket

Image courtesy of ULA. September 27, 2021 Atlas V rocket launches Landsat 9 from Vandenberg Space Force Base, in Lompoc California.

About Vandenberg Space Force Base

Vandenberg Space 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.

Vandenberg Base Access & Tours

Vandenberg SFB is designated as a closed installation. However, 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 pm.

Space Launch Complex-10 is the only landmark at Vandenberg SFB 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 SFB 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 monthly visits must register and provide full name, date of birth, and driver’s license number at least 15 days in advance by e-mailing


We have put together a list of several great sites where you'll be able to view the launch action.

Upcoming Launches and Affiliated Events

Vandenberg Space Force Base

Worldwide Launch Schedule & Space News

Featuring Vandenberg Space Force Base & More

Background Image courtesy of ULA. September 27, 2021 Liftoff of Atlas V Landsat 9 from Vandenberg Space Force Base, in Lompoc California.


If you're planning a trip to view a rocket launch at Vandenberg, make sure to take advantage of Lompoc’s outdoor adventure, family friendly activities and attractions!

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River Bend Bike Park

Built by community volunteers for BMX and dirt bike enthusiasts, the River Bend Bike Park offers off-road trails and jumps for all levels. Open daily, weather and conditions permitting. On-site restrooms and picnic tables.

La Purisima Mission walkway Lompoc

La Purisima Mission

Step Back in Time to the most extensively restored mission in California. La Purisima Mission State Park is home to 2,000 acres of hiking and horseback riding, a Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall, and livestock.

Woman skydiving Lompoc


Skydiving on your bucket list? Take the highest tandem jump on the west coast! Soak in unforgettable views of the Pacific ocean, hillsides, and vineyards, and feel the rush of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


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