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ICBM test-launched from California


September 26. 2013 3:39PM
Associated Press

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(AP) The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California.


The missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:33 a.m. PDT Thursday.


It was the second Minuteman launch from Vandenberg this week. The first was launched early Sunday.


The Air Force Global Strike Command said the test was a success. No other details were released because it was a classified mission. Such tests typically involve a flight over the Pacific Ocean to a target in the Kwajalein Atoll.


Col. Scott Fox, vice commander of the 20th Air Force, said in a statement that the test was a visible demonstration of the nation's nuclear deterrent.


Private rocket maker SpaceX will attempt to launch a Canadian satellite from Vandenberg on Sunday.


Associated Press


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