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Vandenberg to launch rocket early morning of Feb. 10

By   /  Tuesday, February 9th, 2016  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Vandenberg to launch rocket early morning of Feb. 10

Residents near Vandenberg Air Force Base may get an early wakeup call on Feb. 10. A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 carrying a National Reconnaissance Office satellite will blast off from Vandenberg at 3:39 a.m. The United Launch Alliance is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The launch will happen from Launch Complex Read More →

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Vandenberg AFB launches ground-based interceptor missile

By   /  Friday, January 29th, 2016  /  Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Vandenberg AFB launches ground-based interceptor missile

Vandenberg Air Force Base’s 30th Space Wing conducted a successful test Jan. 28 of an unarmed ground based interceptor missile. It launched at 1:57 p.m. from the northern part of the base to destroy a mock enemy warhead launched from the Marshall Islands over the Pacific Ocean just west of Hawaii, the U.S. Missile Defense Read More →

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SpaceX launch helps Lompoc gain tourists

By   /  Friday, January 22nd, 2016  /  Latest news, middle, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on SpaceX launch helps Lompoc gain tourists

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Editorial: Lompoc gets its groove back amid tourism boom

By   /  Friday, February 6th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Lompoc gets its groove back amid tourism boom

Hello, Lompoc. We’ll confess that in our 15 years, the Business Times has badly under-reported business and tourism news coming out of the Lompoc Valley. As a second city to larger Santa Maria, Lompoc has stuggled a bit over the years to find its identity. And more recently, it was badly hurt by the real Read More →

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Air Force’s top-secret space plane lands at Vandenberg

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Latest news, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Air Force’s top-secret space plane lands at Vandenberg

A mysterious unmanned space craft touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base this morning after spending 674 days in orbit.

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Dubroff: Space plane chatter underscores region’s hi-tech, defense connection

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: Space plane chatter underscores region’s hi-tech, defense connection

Speculation about a pilotless space plane landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base reminds us of the symbiotic relationship between the Central Coast economy and its military bases.