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Vandenberg AFB Launch Schedule

As of 2014 April 20

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
APR-JUN To be
announced
GBI --- Missile defense test involving the launch of a target missile from the Central Pacific followed by a Ground Based Interceptor from Vandenberg AFB. FTG-06B
JUL 1 02:56 Delta II SLC-2W Vehicle will launch the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 environmental satellite. 1-second launch window
AUG To be
announced
Atlas V SLC-3E Vehicle will launch the WorldView 3 earth imaging satellite

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:

    2014 MAR 9 - 2014 NOV 2: Pacific Time = UTC -7 hours

    2014 NOV 2 - 2015 MAR 8: Pacific Time = UTC -8 hours

  6. With the exception of Minuteman III launches, 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
UTCCoordinated Universal Time

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