Vandenberg Air Force Base

Video still: 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB

After 63 years, Vandenberg Air Force Base is now officially renamed Vandenberg Space Force Base.

A ceremony was held Friday, May 14 to rename the base, deactivate the 30th Space Wing and activate Space Launch Delta 30 under the United States Space Force.

The ceremony honored General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, for whom the base is named, and personnel unveiled signage with the new name.

On Thursday, May 13, Anthony Mastalir was Commander of the 30th Space Wing at the base. His title is now Commander of Space Launch Delta 30.

SpaceX

In a blow to the future of a post-Diablo Canyon Central Coast economy, Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) appears to have lost a bid to become the new headquarters for American military growth into space. But regional economic planners aren’t giving up on making the case for Vandenberg just yet.

DOD

As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the U.S. and the Central Coast, officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base say it will be one of the first places to receive a new COVID-19 vaccine in the next few weeks.

Crews working on Vandenberg AFB brush fire

Sep 16, 2020
Mike Eliason/SBC Fire

Military fire crews, with help from Santa Barbara County Fire, are fighting a brush fire that has sparked at Vandenberg Air Force Base. As of Wednesday afternoon, it’s burned between five and ten acres and is moving at a slow-to-moderate speed. 

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A new survey of Central Coast residents finds many are uncertain about their economic situation, and many of the respondents working in the region say they are worried they may not be able to afford to live here much longer.

The Hourglass Project, the group that commissioned the poll, says labor shortages could further strain the local economy.

Michael Stonecypher

The United States military launched a ballistic missile Thursday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc. It’s the second U.S. test of a missile type banned under a Soviet-era treaty President Trump withdrew from earlier this year.

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Thousands of small objects are currently orbiting Earth, and while some are working satellites, a lot are junk. Cal Poly state university in San Luis Obispo has joined forces with the U.S. Department of Defense to monitor all the space debris—and come up with some ways to reduce it.

KCBX Two-Way: After budget cuts, what's next for Lompoc?

Jul 31, 2019
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A recent announcement that the Central Coast’s Vandenberg Air Force Base will serve as a key operations center for the country’s expanding military activities in space has put a focus on the city of Lompoc.

Courtesy of the US Air Force

A first-of-its-kind missile test of national defense systems launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base [VAFB] on Monday. The United States Department of Defense is heralding it as a success, striking a target sent into the atmosphere from the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Courtesy of the Hourglass Project

Diving into the subject of economic vitality and growth on the Central Coast, KCBX News speaks with Melissa James, CEO of a new collaboration among local private industry leaders. The Hourglass Project aims to encourage the mindful shaping of new industry and fostering future jobs across the region, particularly in light of the planned 2025 closure of a major economic engine in the area, PG&E's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

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The United States Armed Forces just created the first Combined Space Operations Center. For short, it’s called CSpOC (think “See Spock”). It’s a partnership to improve coordination with Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Other U.S. allies like Germany are also involved, as are some private entities. CSpOC, located at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, California, is now America's official international militarized space command center. Staff at the facility will keep an eye on about 23,000 objects in the sky.

Tyler Pratt/KCBX News

If you wake up early this coming Saturday and look to the north, or the south - depending where you on are on the Central Coast - you may see history in the making. 

Unarmed missile to launch from Vandenberg

Aug 1, 2017
Staff Sgt. Jim Araos

UPDATE 8/2/17 9:26 a.m.: The missile launched at 2:10 a.m., said the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs office. To watch the video, click here.

The U.S. military is planning a missile launch this week from the Central Coast's Vandenberg Air Force Base. 

Vandenberg Space Force Base


 The Atlas V rocket on Vandenberg Air Force Base launched successfully this morning.

 

The rocket carries the WorldView-4 imaging and data satellite into orbit.

DigitalGlobe

A rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base that was delayed back in September because of a wildfire is now scheduled to be launched this Friday, Veterans Day.

Mike Eliason @EliasonMike - Santa Barbara County Fire PIO

Crew members working Santa Barbara County's Canyon Fire were mourning the loss of a colleague Wednesday who died on his way to the fire scene.

UPDATE: Canyon Fire grows to more than 12,000 acres as crews gain containment

Sep 19, 2016
Mike Eliason Santa Barbara County Fire Department

UPDATE: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 5:46 p.m.

Containment of the Canyon Fire burning on Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in Santa Barbara County was growing Wednesday. In addition, VAFB officials said growth was slowing. 

Geovanni Ximénez-García

Space debris and the location of satellites is a top concern for the U.S. military's missile program which is why leaders from the Department of Defense are working closely with scientists in Cal Poly’s CubeSat program. 

Satellite to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base will measure world's rising sea levels

Jan 15, 2016
NASA

Several agencies at Vandenberg Air Force base are preparing to launch a satellite Sunday that will measure the effects of climate change on the world's oceans.