UPDATE: Ballistic missile test launch at Vandenberg AFB aborted

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UPDATE (5/5): Today’s missile launch has been aborted, according to Air Force officials.

The Air Force said the cause of the ground abort is under investigation and that Air Force Global Strike Command is assessing the potential to reschedule the launch.

“The Air Force adheres to strict protocols while performing operational test launches, only launching when all safety parameters with the test range and missile are met,” it said. “The test launch program helps the command evaluate the Minuteman III and gather data to keep the system effective.”


(5/4): BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Vandenberg Air Force Base is set to launch a missile test early Wednesday morning and it may be visible from Kern County.

Officials at Vandenberg say a test launch for an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile Minuteman III is set for launch during a six-hour window between 12:15 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. on May 5.

Base officials say they’re checking the readiness and accuracy of the weapons system. This is the second Minuteman III launch from Vandenberg this year.

Following the test you may see a rocket exhaust trail during the early morning hours.

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