An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test
at 12:02 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, May 3.

Col. Chris Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority.

“It’s always a privilege to partner with the tremendous professionals of Air Force Global Strike Command to conduct test launches like this one,” said Moss.

“The dedication and expertise of the combined 341st Missile Wing, 576th Flight Test Squadron and 30th Space Wing team is simply amazing. Their efforts over the past 10 months to make this mission possible shows why they are some of the most skilled operators in the Air Force,” Moss added.

For questions regarding the launch window or Vandenberg AFB range operations, contact 30th Space Wing Public Affairs at 805-606-3595 or