For the second time in eight days, a test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, is scheduled to take place from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
For the second time this month, an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base early Thursday morning as part of an operational test that once again drew complaints from anti-nuclear weapons activists.
The operational test launch is planned for a window between 12:39 and 6:39 a.m. Thursday, May 9, from northern VAFB. The purpose of the test, according to Air Force Global Strike Command, is to “validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system.”
A similar test took place from the base in the early morning hours of May 1.
The Minuteman III missile system is the only ground-based nuclear weapon system utilized by the U.S.
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base early Wednesday morning as part of an operational test that drew the ire of anti-nuclear weapons activists. The ICBM, which is part of the U.S. nuclear weapons system, was fired from a silo on northern VAFB at 2:42 a.m.