Weekend Launch Scheduled for Vandenberg Air Force Base

The next missile launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base is scheduled for Saturday, weather permitting.

POSTED: 04:00 AM PST Jan 25, 2013    UPDATED: 04:05 AM PST Jan 29, 2013 

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE -- The 30th Space Wing and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency are scheduled to conduct a flight test exercising elements of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system Jan. 26, between the hours of 2 and 6 p.m on North base. This information comes from the official launch website. Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander, is the Launch Decision Authority. "Vandenberg Hawks are working with MDA to provide safe launch operations for the test," " said Armagno."It's a pleasure to work with our MDA mission partners." The test will involve the launch of a three-stage Ground-Based Interceptor missile. It does not involve an intercept, and no target missile will be launched. MDA will use the test results to improve and enhance the GMD element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, designed to defend the Nation, deployed forces, friends and allies from ballistic missile attacks, according to an MDA spokesperson.