Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Peacekeeper test launch


There will be a test launch of a Peacekeeper ICBM at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the morning of July 21. This may be one of the very last Peacekeeper launches, because all Peacekeeper missiles are to be decommissioned due to the Moscow Treaty of 2002

It would be pretty neat to see. But apparently it can be a bit tricky to see these launches from the Bay Area. (Though it is at least possible to see a night launch if you go down to Santa Cruz.) Even more of an obstacle is the fact that the launch window is six hours long, (01:01 - 07:01 PDT) and includes some of the morning.

2 Comments:

Blogger Eric said...

Is there a reason why a Peacekeeper ICBM is a particularly interesting launch to watch?

7/21/2004 02:26:00 AM  
Blogger Mwal said...

Well, I guess not, aside from it presumably being one of the last uses of this rocket.

But I've never actually seen any rocket launches in person, so seeing any rocket launch (even from a few hundred miles away) would be interesting to me.

7/21/2004 09:29:00 AM  

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