Staff Report

Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-3 on Thursday, Sept. 21, with a
launch window opening at 10:38 p.m. PDT.

Col. Gregory Wood, 30th Space Wing vice commander, will be the launch decision authority.

“This launch is the culmination of many months of work by United Launch alliance, the National Reconnaissance Office and the 30th Space Wing,” said Wood. “All of Team Vandenberg is dedicated to mission success and proud to play a part in delivering these capabilities to our nation.”

The 4th Space Launch Squadron executes integrated launch operations with a focus on mission assurance for this launch operation.

“This launch is a prime example of teamwork by multiple organizations that have worked around the clock to assure mission safety and security,” said Lt. Col. Kenneth Decker, 4th Space Launch Squadron commander. “Given the dedication of the men and women have worked to ensure readiness of the launch vehicle and payload, we’re on track for a successful launch.”

For questions related to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V, email Lyn Chassagne, Communications Lead, at