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Vandenberg LF23


Minuteman, OBV launch complex.

Longitude: -120.5966 deg.
Latitude: 34.8559 deg.
First Launch: 1966.08.26.
Last Launch: 2007.09.28.
Number: 4 .

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Minuteman 2 American intercontinental ballistic missile. US ICBM. 3 stage vehicle. The LGM-30F Minuteman II used the W56 warhead exclusively with either the Mk. 11B or Mk. 11C re-entry vehicle. More...
  • OBV American anti-ballistic missile. Suborbital booster for the US Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system's EKV ballistic missile kill vehicle. The basic OBV consisted of the upper three stages and guidance system from the Taurus orbital launch vehicle (essentially a wingless Pegasus-XL). The OBV was launched from an open pad; the operational version was to be silo-launched. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Vandenberg Vandenberg Air Force Base is located on the Central Coast of California about 240 km northwest of Los Angeles. It is used for launches of unmanned government and commercial satellites into polar orbit and intercontinental ballistic missile test launches toward the Kwajalein Atoll. More...

Vandenberg LF23 Chronology


1966 August 26 - . 21:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF23. Launch Pad: LF23?. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 2. LV Configuration: Minuteman 2 2056.
  • Demonstration and shakedown operations launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SAC. Apogee: 1,300 km (800 mi).

2003 August 16 - . 18:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF23. Launch Pad: LF23?. Launch Vehicle: OBV. LV Configuration: OBV 2.
  • BV-6 Missile Defense Interceptor Booster test. - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC. Apogee: 1,874 km (1,164 mi). The Orbital Sciences Corperation booster was successfully tested with a mock EKV after a one-day launch delay. Shock and vibration environments were measured and compared to previous test levels. Preliminary analyses suggest that the new booster produced lower than expected vibrations at the EKV.

2006 September 1 - . 17:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF23. Launch Pad: LF23?. Launch Vehicle: OBV. LV Configuration: OBV 5.
  • FT-2 - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC; MDA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2007 September 28 - . 20:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF23. Launch Pad: LF23?. Launch Vehicle: OBV. LV Configuration: OBV 6.
  • FTG-03a - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC; MDA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2010 December 15 - . 20:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF23. Launch Vehicle: OBV.
  • FTG-06A KV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Summary: ABM test..

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