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Rocket launch delays just a fact of life for space industry

By   /  Friday, October 7th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Technology, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Rocket launch delays just a fact of life for space industry

SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance both experienced several delays while trying to launch rockets from Vandenberg Air Force Base last month, but bear with them. The delays are necessary. Launching rockets is an art that private space companies haven’t quite mastered. The Central Coast found that out last month when a rocket explosion in Read More →

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SpaceX could resume rocket launches by November

By   /  Friday, September 23rd, 2016  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on SpaceX could resume rocket launches by November

SpaceX on Sept. 23 updated the status of an investigation into a recent explosion at a Florida launch pad that postponed a launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base indefinitely. The September explosion indefinitely delayed the launch of a rocket originally scheduled to launch from Vandenberg on Sept. 19, but the company said it could resume Read More →

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Fires delay satellite launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base

By   /  Thursday, September 22nd, 2016  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Fires delay satellite launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base

Liftoff of a long delayed earth imaging satellite has been pushed back further by two wildfires burning on Vandenberg Air Force Base. Originally scheduled for Sept. 16, the launch of the WorldView4 earth imaging satellite was first pushed back at the last minute until Sept. 18 because of a minor leak in one of the Read More →

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Satellite lands at Vandenberg Air Force Base

By   /  Monday, August 1st, 2016  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Satellite lands at Vandenberg Air Force Base

An earth-imaging satellite arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base July 28 in preparation for a September launch. The WorldView-4 Satellite arrived at Vandenberg after being shipped 250 miles in a rolling mobile cleanroom from Sunnyvale. Lockheed Martin built the satellite, which will launch at about 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15 from Vandenberg’s launch pad SLC-3E. The Read More →

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SpaceX Lands Falcon 9 off Florida Coast

By   /  Friday, April 8th, 2016  /  Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on SpaceX Lands Falcon 9 off Florida Coast

SpaceX landed a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship for the first time April 8 off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Fla. The launch came only months after a Falcon 9 launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base failed to land successfully on a drone ship Jan 17. On Dec. 21, SpaceX landed a Falcon Read More →

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Cal Poly students build and launch tiny satellites

By   /  Friday, April 8th, 2016  /  Higher Education, Technology, Top Story  /  Comments Off on Cal Poly students build and launch tiny satellites

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Minuteman III missile to launch from Vandenberg AFB

By   /  Thursday, February 18th, 2016  /  Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Minuteman III missile to launch from Vandenberg AFB

An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled between 11 p.m. Feb. 20 and 5 a.m. Feb. 21 from north Vandenberg Air Force Base. The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the Read More →