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UPDATE: Missile launched Tuesday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base

Video still: 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB

UPDATE: September 23, 2014 at 9:08 a.m.

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was launched during an operational test at 7:45 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Tuesday.

"An outstanding display of teamwork ensured 100-percent mission success for the first Minuteman launch of the year here at Vandenberg," said Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander. He was the launch decision authority. "We constantly focus on flawless execution of our launch, range and expeditionary missions."


An unarmed Minuteman III, an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, is scheduled to launch Tuesday between 3:45 and 9:45 in the morning.

It is a test launch for the Air Force Global Strike Command weapon system.

Officials at Vandenberg say that while ICBM launches almost seem routine at this point, they still require a large amount of effort and attention to detail to make the test successful.