Space and astronomy news and information for the American Southwest. Coverage includes Vandenberg AFB rocket and missile launches.

BVT Launch Successful

2004 January 10

Jan. 9, 2004
Release No. 04-0102

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Team Vandenberg successfully launched
Booster Verification Test -5 at 10:40 a.m. today.  BVT-5 tested a
three-stage booster configuration for use with the Missile Defense Agency's
Ground-based Midcourse Defense System.

Built by Lockheed Martin Corp., the booster is one of two slated for
use with the GMD system.  The system is designed to intercept and destroy
long-range ballistic missiles.


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