Vandenberg Launch Schedule

Brian Webb (102670.1206@compuserve.com)
Sat, 3 Oct 1998 00:25:48 -0400

Here's the current Vandenberg AFB launch schedule.

Regards,

Brian Webb
Ventura County, California

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                          Vandenberg AFB Launch Schedule
                          As of Friday OCT 02 08:00 PDT

With the exception of Minuteman III and Peacekeeper launches, launch dates are
fluid and frequently change. For the current status of a pending launch, call
the Vandenberg Launch Update Line at 805-734-8232 ext. 61857. Launch status for
Delta II vehicles is available from the Delta II 24-Hour Launch Information Hot-
line at 714-896-4770.

             Launch
           Time/Window     Launch
   Date     (PST/PDT)      Vehicle                  Comments

  OCT 03    03:04:49    Taurus         Payload is STEX satellite

  OCT 19      08:18     Delta II       Payload is Iridium satellites

  NOV 24   18:30-18:40  Titan II       Payload is QuikSCAT satellite. Night
                                       launch

  DEC 02      17:45     Pegasus XL     Payload is SWAS satellite. Missile will
                                       be launched from aircraft staged from
                                       Vandenberg AFB

  DEC 17     Unknown    Delta II       Payload is ARGOS, Orsted, and Sunsat
                                       satellites

  FEB 02     Unknown    Pegasus XL     Payload is TERRIERS satellite. Missile
                                       will be launched from aircraft staged from
                                       Vandenberg AFB

  FEB 10   00:01-06:01  Minuteman III  ICBM test launch (non-orbital)

  MAR 01     Unknown    Delta II       Payload is Iridium satellites

  MAR 08   00:01-06:01  Peacekeeper    ICBM test launch (non-orbital)

  MAR 15     Unknown    Titan IV       Classified payload

  MAR 19   05:30-06:30  Pegasus XL     Payload is WIRE satellite. Missile will
                                       be launched from aircraft staged from
                                       Vandenberg AFB

  APR 15     Unknown    Delta II       Payload is Landsat 7 satellite

  MAY 01     Unknown    Pegasus XL     Payload is TSX-5 satellite. Missile will
                                       be launched from aircraft staged from
                                       Vandenberg AFB

  MAY 12   01:01-07:01  Minuteman III  ICBM test launch (non-orbital)

  JUN 14   17:30-23:30  Minuteman II   Missile will probably be used to launch
                                       warhead decoys and dummy warheads as part
                                       of a ballistic missile defense test

  JUN 30   01:01-07:01  Minuteman III  ICBM test launch (non-orbital)

For all launch vehicles other than the Pegasus XL, if a launch window is given,
an attempt will be made to launch at the start of the window. If a problem is
encountered, the launch could be delayed and occur at any time in the window, or
be rescheduled for another day.

Unlike other launch vehicles, Pegasus XL launches are usually scheduled for the
middle of the launch window. Although an exact launch time is established in
advance, the launch usually occurs a few minutes before or after the planned
time (when the L-1011 launch aircraft reaches the launch point). 

The above table was compiled from unclassified information obtained from Vanden-
berg AFB and other sources.