Peacekeeper launch from Vandenberg AFB, July 21, 2004


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An LGM-118A Peacekeeper missile was launched on a suborbital trajectory toward Kwajalein Atoll from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:01 A.M. on Wednesday, July 21.

The Air Force periodically launches Peacekeeper and Minuteman missiles to demonstrate that they still work. They select a missile at random and pull it out of its silo. They bring the missile and a regular missile crew to VAFB. The crew launches the missile toward the Reagan Test Site at Kwajalien. This test launch deployed eight simulated warheads.

MX Peacekeeper launch This 215.1-second time exposure was taken with a Nikon D70 digital camera set to an effective film speed of 200 ASA with an f3.5 lens.

MX Peacekeeper launch This was taken on Kodak Gold 200 negative film with an f2.5 lens.

MX Peacekeeper launch The separation and ignition of one of the upper stages left a luminous cloud. I changed the effective film speed of the D70 to 1600 ASA and opened the shutter for 120.9 seconds.

MX Peacekeeper launch In a few minutes, the cloud spread across the sky. This is a 167-second time exposure.


Previous launches from Vandenberg AFB More Vandenberg AFB launch photography.


Federation of American Scientists Link to the Peacekeeper Page of the Federation of American Scientists.

Air Force Air University Link to the Peacekeeper Page of the Air Force Air University.

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