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Vandenberg Air Force Base
IATA: VBG - ICAO: KVBG
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator USAF
Elevation AMSL 369 ft (112.5 m)
Coordinates 34°43′46.8″N, 120°34′36.6″W
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 15,000 4,572 Concrete
Boeing Delta 4 Medium+ (4,2) lifts off from Space Launch Complex Six (SLC-6) at Vandenberg AFB, California (Official photo by Thom Baur for the Boeing Company)

Vandenberg Air Force Base (IATA: VBGICAO: KVBG) is a United States military installation with a spaceport, in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the base population was 6,151. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 390 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (806 × 1237 pixel, file size: 25 KB, MIME type: image/gif) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Vandenberg Air Force... An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO airport code (IPA pronunciation: ) is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... Seal of the Air Force. ... The term above mean sea level (AMSL) refers to the elevation (on the ground) or altitude (in the air) of any object, relative to the average sea level. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre, or meter (U.S.), is a measure of length. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre, or meter (U.S.), is a measure of length. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO airport code (IPA pronunciation: ) is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... A spaceport is a site for launching spacecraft, by analogy with airport for aircraft. ... Santa Barbara County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the southern portion of the U.S. state of California, just west of Ventura County. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ...


Vandenberg is home to the 14th Air Force, 30th Space Wing, and the Western Launch and Test Range (WLTR), and is responsible for satellite launches for military and commercial organizations, as well as testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles, including the Minuteman III and Peacekeeper ICBMs. Vandenberg is assuming new roles with the creation of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC SPACE). The United States Fourteenth Air Force, also 14th Air Force (14 AF), is a Numbered Air Force (NAF) of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). ... The Western Launch and Test Range (WLTR) is a space launch range located at Vandenberg Air Force Base. ... A Minuteman III ICBM test launch from Vandenberg AFB, California, United States. ... The LGM-30 Minuteman is a United States nuclear missile, a land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). ... Test launch of a Peacekeeper ICBM by the 576 Flight Test Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA (USAF) The LG-118A Peacekeeper was a land-based ICBM deployed by the United States starting in 1986. ... The Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC SPACE) is a component of US Strategic Command. ...

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History

30th Space Wing emblem
30th Space Wing emblem

The base was originally established in 1941 as the US Army's Camp Cooke. The facility served as a training center for armored and infantry troops through World War II and again in the Korean War. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 597 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (1000 × 1004 pixel, file size: 58 KB, MIME type: image/png) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Vandenberg Air Force... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 597 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (1000 × 1004 pixel, file size: 58 KB, MIME type: image/png) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Vandenberg Air Force... The United States Army is one of the armed forces of the United States and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Combatants United Nations:  Republic of Korea,  Australia,  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Canada,  Colombia,  Ethiopia,  France,  Greece,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  South Africa,  Thailand,  Turkey,  United Kingdom,  United States Medical staff:  Denmark,  Australia,  Italy,  Norway,  Sweden Communist states:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,  Peoples Republic of China,  Soviet Union Commanders...


The base was transferred to the US Air Force in 1957 and began its transformation into a space and ballistic missile test facility. One year later, Cooke Air Force base was renamed in honor of General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, the second chief of staff of the Air Force, who was an early advocate of space and missile operations. The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... General Hoyt Sanford Vandenberg was the second chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. The general was born at Milwaukee, Wis. ...

The last Titan IV-B launch from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg AFB in northern Santa Barbara county occurred in 2005
The last Titan IV-B launch from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg AFB in northern Santa Barbara county occurred in 2005

Between March 1, 1966 and December 20, 1968, the Air Force also purchased approximately 15,000 acres from the Sudden Ranch property, located south of the installation's original boundaries through the law of eminent domain. This acquisition enlarged the base to its current 98,000 acres (about 400 square kilometre) of which only 15% is developed. Its relatively remote location and proximity to the coast offers an excellent location to safely conduct test firings of strategic missile weapon systems (Atlas, Titan I, Titan II, Minuteman I/II/III and MX/Peacekeeper), as well as launch satellites into polar orbit without overflying populated areas after liftoff. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... Eminent domain (U.S.), compulsory purchase (United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ireland), resumption (Australia) or expropriation (Canada, South Africa) in common law legal systems is the inherent power of the state to expropriate private property, or rights in private property, without the owners consent, either for its own use or... Mercury Atlas 9 rocket and capsule on pad The Atlas is a venerable line of space launch vehicles built by Lockheed Martin. ... The Titan I was the United States first true multistage ICBM. It was the first in a series of Titan rockets, but was unique among them in that it used LOX and RP-1 as its fuels, while the later versions all used storable fuels instead. ... Titan II launch vehicle launching Gemini 11 (Sept. ... The LGM-30 Minuteman is a United States nuclear missile, a land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). ... Test launch of a Peacekeeper ICBM by the 576 Flight Test Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA (USAF) The LG-118A Peacekeeper was a land-based ICBM deployed by the United States starting in 1986. ...


On December 16, 1958, Vandenberg AFB launched the first Thor ballistic missile. Vandenberg boosted the world's first polar-orbiting satellite, Discoverer 1, aboard a Thor Agena booster combination on February 28, 1959. (The Discoverer 1 mission was used as a cover for the clandestine CIA Corona program.) Both launches occurred from Space Launch Complex 10, which has since been preserved and maintained as an example of a 1950s era launch complex technology. SLC-10 is also classified as a National Historic Landmark. Diagram of J-1 type stereo / panoramic reciprocating Corona reconnaissance satellite camera system used on KH-4A missions from 1963 to 1969. ... A Thor Agena, ready to launch the SERT-2 (Space Electric Rocket Test-2) spacecraft, February 4, 1970 Thor-Agena was a series of orbital launch vehicles. ... KH-4B Corona satellite Recovery of Discoverer 14 return capsule (typical for the Corona series Diagram of J-1 type stereo / panoramic reciprocating Corona reconnaissance satellite camera system used on KH-4A missions from 1963 to 1969. ... // Recovering from World War II and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ... USS Constitution A National Historic Landmark (NHL) is a building, district, site, structure, or object, almost always within the United States, officially recognized for its historical significance. ...


Vandenberg is still the only military installation in the United States that launches unmanned government and commercial satellites into polar orbit. It is also the only site from which ICBMs are launched toward the Kwajalein Atoll to verify weapon system performance.


The base is operated by Air Force Space Command's (AFSPC) 30th Space Wing. Its mission is to: Air Force Space Command emblem Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) is a major command of the United States Air Force with headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, USA. It was created on September 1, 1982. ...

  • Conduct and support space and missile launches;
  • Operate the Western Range;
  • Respond to world wide contingencies; and
  • Host the Vandenberg AFB community

Space Shuttle

The space shuttle "Enterprise" being used as an Engineering Test Article during a series of "fit check" tests after the re-construction of SLC-6 in 1985.
The space shuttle "Enterprise" being used as an Engineering Test Article during a series of "fit check" tests after the re-construction of SLC-6 in 1985.

In 1972, Vandenberg was selected as the West Coast Space Shuttle launch and landing site. Space Launch Complex 6 (SLC-6, pronounced as "Slick Six"), originally built for the abandoned Manned Orbiting Laboratory project, was extensively modified for shuttle operations. Over $4 billion were spent on the new space shuttle modifications. The original Mobile Service Tower (MST) was lowered in height and two new flame ducts were added for the shuttle's Solid Rocket Boosters. Additional modifications or improvements included liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen storage tanks, a payload preparation room, payload changeout room, a new launch tower with escape system for the shuttle crewmembers, sound suppression system and water reclamation area and a Shuttle Assembly Building were added to the original complex. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... NASAs Space Shuttle, officially called Space Transportation System (STS), is the United States governments current manned launch vehicle. ... First launch of a Boeing Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) from SLC-6 on June 27, 2006 (Official photo by Thom Baur for Boeing) Space Launch Complex-6 (SLC-6, nicknamed Slick Six) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California was a launch pad and support area designed for the... Manned Orbiting Laboratory early 1960 conceptual drawing that did not use the Gemini spacecraft. ...


Additionally, the existing 5,500 foot runway and overruns on the North Base flightline were lengthened to nearly three miles (15,000 feet) to accomodate end-of-mission landings. Turn-around servicing and refurbishing of the orbiter would be accomplished in the adjacent Orbiter Maintenance and Processing Facility (OMPF). Flightline is an airline based at Southend, United Kingdom. ...


SLC-6 was nearly ready for its first Shuttle launch, mission STS-62A targeted for October 15, 1986 when the Challenger disaster grounded the Shuttle fleet and set in motion a chain of events that led to the cancellation of all West Coast Shuttle flights. Template:Canceled shuttle missions This was a Space Shuttle mission to deliver a reconnaissance payload (Teal Ruby) into polar orbit. ... October 15 is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission 51L/STS-33, the 25th of the STS (Space Transportation System) program, began at an estimated time of 16:38:00. ...


Had the space shuttle program been successful at SLC-6, the West Coast operation would have contrasted with that at the Kennedy Space Center by creating the orbiter stack directly on the launch pad, rather than assembling it and then moving it. Three movable buildings on rails, the Launch Tower, Mobile Service Building and Payload Changeout Room were used to assemble the Shuttle orbiter, external tank and SRBs. These buildings were designed to protect the shuttle "stack" from high winds in the area and were used during a series of "fit tests" utilizing the space shuttle Enterprise in 1985. Merritt Island and Kennedy Space Center The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is the NASA space vehicle launch facility (spaceport) at Cape Canaveral on Merritt Island in Florida, United States. ...


Since the demise of the shuttle program at Vandenberg, SLC-6 has once again been reconfigured, this time to support polar-orbit satellite launches by the new Delta IV family of launch vehicles, utilizing a Common Core Booster for class sizes all the way up to and including the Delta IV (Heavy) launcher. As it is currently configured, the 132-acre launch site features structures similar to Boeing's Delta IV SLC-37 launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, with a Fixed Umbilical Tower, Mobile Service Tower, Fixed Pad Erector, Launch Control Center and Operations Building, and a Horizontal Integration Facility. SLC-6 also features a Mobile Assembly Shelter that protects the rocket from adverse weather. Delta EELV family of launch vehicles (US Govt) Delta rocket (sometimes retroactively called Delta I) Delta II rocket Delta III rocket Delta IV rocket The Delta family of expendable launch vehicles has been a mainstay of the United States space launch capability since 1960. ... Delta EELV family of launch vehicles (US Govt) Delta rocket (sometimes retroactively called Delta I) Delta II rocket Delta III rocket Delta IV rocket The Delta family of expendable launch vehicles has been a mainstay of the United States space launch capability since 1960. ...


The first of the Delta IV launch vehicles to fly from SLC-6 successfully lifted off at 8:33 p.m. PDT on June 27, 2006 when a Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) rocket lofted NROL-22, a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, into orbit. The payload was successfully deployed approximately 54 minutes later. June 27 is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 187 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is an agency in the United States Department of Defense (DoD) which designs, builds and operates the reconnaissance satellites of the United States government. ...

Thor Agena D with SERT-2 satellite at Space Launch Complex 10 at Vandenberg AFB.
Thor Agena D with SERT-2 satellite at Space Launch Complex 10 at Vandenberg AFB.

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Space and Missile Heritage Center

The Space and Missile Heritage Center preserves and displays artifacts and memorabilia to interpret the evolution of missile and spacelift activity at Vandenberg from the beginning of the Cold War through current non-classified developments in military, commercial, and scientific space endeavors. For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ...


The initial display area is made up of two exhibits, the "Chronology of the Cold War" and the "Evolution of Technology". The exhibits incorporate a combination of launch complex models, launch consoles, rocket engines, re-entry vehicles, audiovisual and computer displays as well as hands-on interaction where appropriate. The Center will evolve in stages from these initial exhibit areas as restorations of additional facilities are completed.


The Center is located at Space Launch Complex 10, site of the first IRBM tests of the Thor and Discoverer (aka CORONA spy satellite) series of launches. It is Vandenberg's only National Historic Landmark that is open for regularly scheduled tours through the 30th Space Wing's Public Affairs office. An intermediate-range ballistic missile, or IRBM, is a ballistic missile with a range of 2750-5500 km or 1719-3437 miles. ... Thor-Ablestar Thor was the United Statess first operational ballistic missile. ... Diagram of J-1 type stereo / panoramic reciprocating Corona reconnaissance satellite camera system used on KH-4A missions from 1963 to 1969. ... A corona is a type of plasma atmosphere of the Sun or other celestial body, extending millions of kilometres into space, most easily seen during a total solar eclipse, but also observable in a coronagraph. ... KH-4B Corona satellite Lacrosse radar spy satellite under construction A spy satellite (officially referred to as a penis or recon sat[citation needed]) is an Earth observation satellite or communications satellite deployed for military or intelligence applications. ...


Mission

Map of possible launch azimuths from Vandenberg AFB in northern Santa Barbara county for both ICBM missile tests and orbital space launches over the Pacific Ocean (image courtesy GlobalSecurity.org)
Map of possible launch azimuths from Vandenberg AFB in northern Santa Barbara county for both ICBM missile tests and orbital space launches over the Pacific Ocean (image courtesy GlobalSecurity.org)

Vandenberg's location on the northern Pacific Ocean makes it possible to easily launch satellites into polar orbit, unlike the Kennedy Space Center. This, along with its location relative to the jet stream, makes Vandenberg a good site to launch reconnaissance satellites. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A satellite in a polar orbit passes above or nearly above both poles of the planet (or other celestial body) on each revolution. ... Merritt Island and Kennedy Space Center The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is the NASA space vehicle launch facility (spaceport) at Cape Canaveral on Merritt Island in Florida, United States. ... Jet streams are fast flowing, relatively narrow air currents found in the atmosphere at around 12 km above the surface of the Earth, just under the tropopause. ...


Vandenberg is also used for the launch of non-military satellites into polar orbits. The space probe "Clementine" was also launched there, using a "recycled" Titan II ICBM. Clementine was a joint space project between the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO, previously the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, or SDIO) and NASA. The objective of the mission was to test sensors and spacecraft components under extended exposure to the space environment and to make scientific observations of the Moon... Titan II launch vehicle launching Gemini 11 (Sept. ...


Geography

Map of Vandenberg AFB showing its proximity to the central California coast cities of Santa Maria (north) and Lompoc (east) (Image courtesy California Air Resources Board)
Map of Vandenberg AFB showing its proximity to the central California coast cities of Santa Maria (north) and Lompoc (east) (Image courtesy California Air Resources Board)

Vandenberg AFB is located at 34°45′4″N, 120°29′52″W1. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Santa María or Santa Maria may refer to: The name of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Mary, the mother of Jesus, in various languages such as Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Catalan The name of two well-known ships: Santa María (ship) - the largest of the three ships used... Lompoc (pronounced Lom poke) is a city located in Santa Barbara County, California. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the base has a total area of 57.3 km² (22.1 mi²). 57.1 km² (22.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.32%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Much of the base is rugged, mountainous, and undeveloped; predominant groundcover includes chaparral with coastal sage scrub and oak woodland. Because of its protected nature — none of the backcountry areas are open to the public or to any kind of development — the base contains some of the highest quality coastal habitat remaining in southern or central California and is home to numerous threatened or endangered species. The western terminus of the Santa Ynez Mountains is on the base, and is dominated by Tranquillion Peak, which rises 2,297 ft above sea level. An optical tracking station is located at the top of the peak, which overlooks the various space launch complexes. Chaparral is a shrubland plant community found primarily in California, USA, that is shaped by a Mediterranean climate (mild, wet winters and hot dry summers) and wildfire. ... Coastal sage scrub is a low scrubland plant community found in the California chaparral and woodlands ecoregion of California and northern Baja California. ... Species See List of Quercus species The term oak can be used as part of the common name of any of several hundred species of trees and shrubs in the genus Quercus, and some related genera, notably Cyclobalanopsis and Lithocarpus. ... The Santa Ynez Mountains are a portion of the Transverse Ranges, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges of the west coast of North America, and are one of the northernmost mountain ranges in Southern California. ...


Demographics

A Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) weather satellite undergoes a systems checkout prior to transport and mating to a Titan II space launch vehicle at Vandenberg AFB. (Official Lockheed Martin photo)
A Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) weather satellite undergoes a systems checkout prior to transport and mating to a Titan II space launch vehicle at Vandenberg AFB. (Official Lockheed Martin photo)

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 6,151 people, 1,707 households, and 1,601 families residing in the base. The population density was 107.7/km² (278.8/mi²). There were 1,992 housing units at an average density of 34.9/km² (90.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the base was 72.26% White, 11.74% African American, 0.54% Native American, 3.90% Asian, 0.65% Pacific Islander, 4.96% from other races, and 5.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.10% of the population. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 326 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (575 × 1058 pixel, file size: 177 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) weather satellite undergoes a systems checkout prior to transport and mating to a Titan II launch vehicle to... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 326 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (575 × 1058 pixel, file size: 177 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) weather satellite undergoes a systems checkout prior to transport and mating to a Titan II launch vehicle to... An artist’s impression showing one of the Block 5D-2 spacecraft in orbit. ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 1,707 households, out of which 71.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 87.2% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 6.2% were non-families. 5.4% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.33 and the average family size was 3.44. “Matrimony” redirects here. ...


In the base, the population was spread out with 38.0% under the age of 18, 15.2% from 18 to 24, 44.7% from 25 to 44, 1.9% from 45 to 64, and 0.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 109.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 116.2 males.


The median income for a household in the base was $39,444, and the median income for a family was $40,000. Males had a median income of $27,352 versus $22,283 for females. The per capita income for the base was $13,570. About 6.0% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Vandenberg supports a population greater than 18,000 composed of military, family members, government contractors, and civilian employees.


The majority of the workforce that doesn't live on base resides in the immediate northern Santa Barbara county communities of Lompoc, Vandenberg Village, Santa Ynez, Orcutt or Santa Maria. A small percentage commute from as far south as Santa Barbara and Isla Vista to as far north as the Five Cities area near San Luis Obispo, which are all roughly an hour's drive along U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 to the base's five access gates. Lompoc, the City of Arts and Flowers Lompoc (pronounced Lahm poke) is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. ... Vandenberg Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. ... Santa Ynez is a census-designated place located in Santa Barbara County, California. ... Orcutt is a census-designated place located in Santa Barbara County, California. ... Santa Maria is the largest city in Santa Barbara County, California. ... Santa Barbara is a city in California, United States. ... Isla Vista is an unincorporated community in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. ... The city of San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo (also SLO) is the county seat of San Luis Obispo County, California, USA. Luis is pronounced as Lewis. ... This U.S. Highway article needs to be cleaned up to conform to both a higher standard of article quality and accepted design standards outlined in the WikiProject U.S. Highways. ... State Route 1, often called Highway 1, is a state highway that runs along a large length of the Pacific coast of the U.S. State of California. ...

A Boeing Delta II launch from Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC-2) at Vandenberg AFB: Official USAF photo
A Boeing Delta II launch from Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC-2) at Vandenberg AFB: Official USAF photo

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Launch sites

A Thor-Able-Star. ... The Delta II family of launch vehicles was designed and built by Boeings Integrated Defense Systems division and has been in service since 1989. ... A Thor-Able-Star. ... Delta EELV family of launch vehicles (US Govt) Delta rocket (sometimes retroactively called Delta I) Delta II rocket Delta III rocket Delta IV rocket The Delta family of expendable launch vehicles has been a mainstay of the United States space launch capability since 1960. ... Vandenburg Air Force Bases Space Launch Complex 3 (SLC-3) was the first launch platform for the Atlas rocket system. ... Launch of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, 7:43:00 a. ... Mission Atlas II is a member of the Atlas family of launch vehicles, which evolved from the successful Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program. ... Atlas missile launch from Cape Canaveral in 1957 The Atlas is a venerable line of space launch vehicles originally built by the Convair Division of General Dynamics, and now Lockheed Martin. ... Vandenburg Air Force Bases Space Launch Complex 3 (SLC-3) was the first launch platform for the Atlas rocket system. ... The Falcon 1 is a partially reusable launch system, designed and manufactured by SpaceX to provide commercial launch-to-space services. ... Atlas missile launch from Cape Canaveral in 1957 The Atlas is a venerable line of space launch vehicles originally built by the Convair Division of General Dynamics, and now Lockheed Martin. ... A Thor-Able-Star. ... The Titan IV family (including the IVA and IVB) of space boosters are used by the US Air Force. ... The Titan IIIC is a space booster used by the United States Air Force. ... Titan II launch vehicle launching Gemini 11 (Sept. ... Titan IIIB was the collective name for a number of derivatives of the Titan II ICBM and Titan III launch vehicle, modified by the addition of an Agena upper stage. ... Scout launch (NASA) The Scout-rocket was an American rocket for launching small satellites. ... First launch of a Boeing Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) from SLC-6 on June 27, 2006 (Official photo by Thom Baur for Boeing) Space Launch Complex-6 (SLC-6, nicknamed Slick Six) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California was a launch pad and support area designed for the... It has been suggested that some sections of this article be split into a new article entitled Delta IV launches. ... Athena 1 rocket launching from Kodiak Island in Alaska (Sept. ... NASAs Space Shuttle, officially called Space Transportation System (STS), is the United States governments current manned launch vehicle. ... The Titan IIIC is a space booster used by the United States Air Force. ... The Minotaur Rocket is an American solid fuel rocket designed to launch small satellites. ... A Thor-Able-Star. ...

Vandenberg in fiction

  • In the 2000 made-for-television movie Rocket's Red Glare, starring Robert Wagner and Marilu Henner, Vandenberg was the launch location of a restored Mercury Redstone rocket. The movie included several USAF members playing themselves as launch technicians.
  • Vandenberg was the launch site of the American space shuttle in the James Bond film Moonraker.
  • In the movie, Terminator 3, Vandenberg was mentioned as one of the bases that were annexed by Skynet.
  • Vandenberg appears in first season JAG episode "Recovery." The episode, set in 1995, depicts Vandenberg's military space shuttle operations as active and ongoing. In the episode, Shuttle Atlantis (which appears on screen, but is exclusively referred to in dialogue simply as "the space shuttle") is launched on a mission to repair a US spy satellite, only to be jeopordized by a traitor American scientist paid by the Chinese government to sabotage the recovery mechanism. Sleuthing LCDR Harmon Rabb and LTJG Meg Austin foil the plot.
  • In the 1995 film Outbreak, The Vandenberg Airbase is the place where the bomber take off to the infected town to deploy the bomb.

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See also

Joint Functional Component Command for Space and Global Strike (JFCC SGS) is a component of the United States Strategic Command. ...

External links

Vandenberg Air Force Base Launch Sites
SLC-1 | SLC-2 | SLC-3 | SLC-4 | SLC-5 | SLC-6 | SLC-8 | SLC-10
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Runway 12/30 | Point Arguello Warning Area Drop Zone | Western Test Range

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Vandenberg Air Force Base - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (959 words)
Vandenberg is home to the 30th Space Wing and the Western Launch and Test Range (WLTR), and is responsible for satellite launches for military and commercial organizations, as well as testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles, including the Minuteman III and Peacekeeper ICBMs.
The base was transferred to the US Air Force in 1957 and began its transformation into a space and ballistic missile test facility.
In the base, the population is spread out with 38.0% under the age of 18, 15.2% from 18 to 24, 44.7% from 25 to 44, 1.9% from 45 to 64, and 0.2% who are 65 years of age or older.
Vandenberg Air Force Base - definition of Vandenberg Air Force Base in Encyclopedia (721 words)
Vandenberg's location north of the Pacific Ocean makes it possible to easily launch satellites into polar orbit, unlike the Kennedy Space Center.
Today Vandenberg is home to the 30th Space Wing and the Western Range, and is responsible for satellite launches for military and commercial organizations, as well as testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles including the Minuteman III and Peacekeeper ICBMs.
Vandenberg AFB is located at 34°45'4" North, 120°29'52" West (34.751047, -120.497893)
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