Weather permitting, Vandenberg Air Force Base is scheduled to launch a massive rocket Thursday evening that will deliver a National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite into orbit and offer spectators an earth-rumbling show of sound and light. The Atlas V 541 rocket, with its 2 million pounds of thrust, will be one of the most powerful ever shot from the West Coast. The take-off window begins at 7:17 p.m. and reportedly doesn’t extend past 8 p.m. The best places to watch the launch are from the peak of Harris Grade Road or the intersection of Moonglow and Stardust roads in Vandenberg Village.
United Launch Alliance
An Atlas V rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (February 2012)
Massive Rocket Scheduled to Launch from Vandenberg
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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