091221 Ground-based interceptor missile

A ground-based interceptor missile successfully launched from North Vandenberg on Sunday morning.

A ground-based interceptor missile successfully launched from North Vandenberg Space Force Base at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, according to base officials. 

The flight test launch, which is an element of the nation’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, was conducted by Space Launch Delta 30, the Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Northern Command.

Col. Robert Long, Space Launch Delta 30 commander and decision authority, marked the launch a success.

“Today was another milestone in the longstanding partnership between Space Launch Delta 30 and the Missile Defense Agency,” Long said. “Once again, the combined team displayed their hallmark professionalism and ‘can-do’ attitude in making this a successful test.”

Lisa André covers lifestyles and local news for Santa Ynez Valley News and Lompoc Record. 

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