Tracking station has bird's eye view on VAFB

Salvador Sanchez, contractor for Western Range Operations Communications and Information (WROCI), rotates the FPS-16 radar used to track launching missiles at Tranquillon Peak on Vandenberg AFB February 1, 2007. The radar is used to provide data and track missiles during launches. This radar, along with its data system, will be tracking the upcoming Feb. 7 Minuteman III launch to direct the missile and ensure its direction is not altered.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

Salvador Sanchez, contractor for Western Range Operations Communications and Information (WROCI), rotates the FPS-16 radar used to track launching missiles at Tranquillon Peak on Vandenberg AFB February 1, 2007. The radar is used to provide data and track missiles during launches. This radar, along with its data system, will be tracking the upcoming Feb. 7 Minuteman III launch to direct the missile and ensure its direction is not altered. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

Salvador Sanchez, contractor for Western Range Operations Communications and Information (WROCI), checks the oil of the FPS-16 radar.  The radar is used to track Vandenberg launches from atop Tranquillon Peak on Vandenberg AFB.  The oil inside the radar is used for mobility purposes so it is able to move 360 degrees without getting stuck, thus able to track the upcoming Minuteman III missile launch on Feb. 7.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

Salvador Sanchez, contractor for Western Range Operations Communications and Information (WROCI), checks the oil of the FPS-16 radar. The radar is used to track Vandenberg launches from atop Tranquillon Peak on Vandenberg AFB. The oil inside the radar is used for mobility purposes so it is able to move 360 degrees without getting stuck, thus able to track the upcoming Minuteman III missile launch on Feb. 7. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

The FPS-16 radar sits atop Tranquillon Peak overlooking all of Vandenberg, including Space Launch Complex-6, and the shoreline.  Tranquillon Peak's elevation of 2,126 feet is the highest point on Vandenberg AFB. The radar provides data and range safety for missile launches. This radar, along with its data system, will be tracking the upcoming Feb. 7 Minuteman III launch.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

The FPS-16 radar sits atop Tranquillon Peak overlooking all of Vandenberg, including Space Launch Complex-6, and the shoreline. Tranquillon Peak's elevation of 2,126 feet is the highest point on Vandenberg AFB. The radar provides data and range safety for missile launches. This radar, along with its data system, will be tracking the upcoming Feb. 7 Minuteman III launch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)