Successful Peacekeeper Laun

5 Nov 1997 14:35:27 -0800

November 5, 1997 

Release Number 97-1107 


VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - A Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic
missile was successfully launched today at 1:01 p.m. Pacific
Standard Time from north Vandenberg. 

The Peacekeeper, randomly selected from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.,
was launched as part of the Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation Program
used to obtain information about the missile's accuracy and reliability. 

The missile, carrying eight unarmed re-entry vehicles, traveled some 4,200
in about 30 minutes, hitting predetermined targets at the Kwajalein Missile
Range in the western chain of the Marshall Islands. 

Maintenance personnel from the 576th Flight Test Squadron, commanded by Col.
Robert E. Wood, installed tracking, telemetry and command destruct systems on
the Peacekeeper missile to meet data collection and safety
requirements.  Capt. Erik Hoihjelle, a member of 576 FLTS Top Hand program,
was Air Force Space Command's launch director for this mission.