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Minuteman III launch delayed

Release Number: 040513

An operational test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile has been delayed due to a range safety instrumentation issue here Tuesday.

The launch, originally slated for 3:01 to 9:01 a.m. from Launch Facility-4 here on north Vandenberg, has been rescheduled for May 22 with a launch window of 3:01 to 9:01 a.m.

"Extensive resources are devoted to every launch mission to ensure safety in our local area and downrange," said Col. Brent McArthur, 30th Space Wing vice commander and the launch decision authority. "Public safety is my first priority during all launch operations."
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