Lompoc Record Article
Launch to test both missile, silo door
By Janene Scully/Associate Editor
For the first time in years, the countdown for a Minuteman 3 missile test will include blasting open the 106-ton silo door at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The year's first liftoff from the Central Coast also marks a return of closed-door missile tests. It's planned for 12:01 a.m. Wednesday from Launch Facility 10 on north Vandenberg. The launch window remains open until 6:01 a.m. to accommodate any delays from unfavorable weather or technical problems.
Reflecting the test's return to closed-door launches, the commemorative patch for the mission, officially labeled Glory Trip-193, is shaped like an eight-sided launch enclosure door. (snip)