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Vandenberg AFB Launch Schedule

As of 2017 May 21

A Taurus rocket carrying the ROCSAT-2 satellite lifts-off from Vandenberg AFB

A Taurus rocket carrying Taiwan's ROCSAT-2 satellite lifts-off from Space Launch Complex 576E at Vandenberg AFB. To access launch photos, videos, and audio reports, visit the Vandenberg Rocket and Missile Launch Multimedia library. Image courtesy U.S. Air Force.

This schedule lists rocket and missile launches from Vandenberg AFB for the next several months. It is a composite of unclassified information approved for public release from government, industry, and other sources. This schedule is essentially accurate at the time of publication, but may disagree with other sources. Details on military launches are withheld until they are approved for public release. For detailed information about this schedule, refer to the Notes section below.

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Date Launch
Time/Window
PST/PDT
Vehicle Pad/Silo Comments
JUN 29 13:02 Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites 11-20. This early afternoon launch could be visible to the unaided eye from Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties
JUL To be
announced
Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch Taiwan's Formosat 5 satellite
AUG 14 To be
announced
Atlas V SLC-3E Vehicle will launch the classified NROL-42 payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The Atlas V will use four solid rocket motors.
AUG To be
announced
Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites 21-30
SEP 21 02:47:03-
02:48:06
Delta II SLC-2W Vehicle will launch the JPSS-1 weather satellite. The Delta II will use nine solid rocket motors. This early morning launch could be visually impressive in Santa Barbara County and visible for hundreds of miles
SEP To be
announced
Minotaur C SLC-576E Vehicle will launch six SkySat earth observation satellites
OCT To be
announced
Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites 31-40
DEC To be
announced
Falcon 9 SLC-4E Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites 41-50
DEC 20 To be
announced
Delta IV SLC-6 Vehicle will launch the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV will use two solid rocket motors

Notes

  1. The dates and times in this schedule may not agree with those on other online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB schedule because different sources were used, the information was interpreted differently, and the schedules were updated at different times.

  2. The webmaster does not post the dates, launch windows, and times for military launches until they have been officially released by the Defense Department.

  3. All launch dates and times are given in Pacific Time using a 24-hour format similar to military time (midnight = 00:00, 1:00 p.m. = 13:00, 11:00 p.m. = 23:00, etc.).

  4. The above schedule makes no distinction between Pacific Standard Time (PST) and Pacific Daylight Saving Time (PDT). PST is in effect from the first Sunday in November to the second Sunday in March. PDT is in effect from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

  5. The Pacific Time zone lags UTC by 7 or 8 hours, depending on the time of year. The time difference is as follows:

    2017 MAR 12 - 2017 NOV 5: Pacific Time = UTC -7 hours

    2017 NOV 5 - 2018 MAR 11: Pacific Time = UTC -8 hours

  6. Launch dates are fluid and tend to change over time.

  7. Launches for all vehicles except the Pegasus XL are scheduled for the start of the launch window. Pegasus XL launch times are scheduled for the middle of the launch window.

  8. Prior to the launch of a classified payload, the exact launch time is kept secret until about T-18 to T-4 hours. The launch window is also secret and not made public. Instead of providing the launch window, the Air Force announces a launch period - a large block of time within which the launch window falls.

  9. For additional information on Vandenberg AFB launches, refer to Viewing Vandenberg AFB Launches.

Abbreviations

~Approximately
NETNo earlier than
PDTPacific Daylight Time
PSTPacific Standard Time
TBDTo be determined
UTCCoordinated Universal Time

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