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  • Team Vandenberg Launches the NASA DART Mission

    Team Vandenberg launched a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 here today, Nov. 23, at 10:21 p.m. Pacific Time. Col. Rob Long, Space Launch Delta 30 commander, was the launch decision authority. “It takes the entire team for a safe and successful launch,” said Long. “I congratulate NASA on achieving the first step in this program’s journey on its planetary defense test mission. We are proud to be a part of this team.” The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, the world’s first full-scale planetary defense test, into orbit from Vandenberg Space Force Base. True to its name, DART is a focused mission, proving that a spacecraft can autonomously navigate to a target asteroid and intentionally collide with it (called a kinetic impact) at roughly 4 miles per second (6 kilometers per second). Its target, which poses no threat to Earth, is the asteroid moonlet.
  • UK Space Command operations commander visits CFSCC

    Royal Air Force Air Commodore Mark Flewin (left), commander of both the UK Space Command’s Operations, Plans and Training, as well as UK Joint Force Space Component, stands in front of the Combined Force Space Component Command headquarters building with Brig. Gen. Michael Conley, CFSCC deputy commander (center), and Royal Air Force Group Capt. Darren Whiteley (right), the Combined Space Operations Center deputy director, Nov. 18, 2021, at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif. During his visit, Flewin met with CFSCC leadership and UK personnel based here, and learned about the CFSCC and 18th Space Control Squadron core mission sets. Flewin also toured the CSpOC operations floor, where he saw first-hand how the U.S. and allied partners coordinate, plan, integrate, synchronize, and execute space operations.
  • SPACEX FALCON 9 SCHEDULED TO LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG TUESDAY

    Team Vandenberg is supporting a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch carrying NASA’s first planetary defense test mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) from Space Launch Complex-4 here Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 10:20 p.m. Pacific Time.
  • Team V November Delta Dash

    Members of Space Launch Delta 30 line up and prepare for the monthly Delta Dash on Nov. 5, 2021 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif. The monthly SLD 30 run acts as a method for members across the base to build upon their comradery and espirit de corps within the ranks. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sergeant Draeke Layman)
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