VANDENBERG CELEBRATES ITS 2000th LAUNCH MONDAY Published Sept. 24, 2021 Space Launch Delta 30 Public Affairs VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the NASA Launch Program Landsat 9 observatory into a near-polar, sun-synchronous orbit from Space Launch Complex-3 here Monday, Sept. 27, with a launch window opening at 11:11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.Col. Rob Long will be the launch decision authority on this historic 2000th launch from the Western Range here on Vandenberg Space Force Base.“The 2000th launch gives us the opportunity to celebrate the tens of thousands from Team Vandenberg, past and present, who share a proud heritage beginning with the first launch in 1958 through this 2000th launch,” said Long. “Space—and launch—is hard. Our record of success is a testament to longstanding mission excellence.”The unique geographic location of Vandenberg makes this major range and test facility base a safe and ideal setting for confidence test launching intercontinental ballistic missiles, intermediate range ballistic missiles, and for placing satellite payloads into polar orbit.Join us as we celebrate this Vandenberg Space Force milestone as we make history with our 2000th launch!The local community can view this launch from the Hawk's Nest on Hwy 1 just a half mile south of Vandenberg Space Force Base's main gate. The Hawk's Nest gates will open at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 27.