Vandenberg Air Force Base
Vandenberg Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 3,456 acres (1,399 hectares), SW Calif., near Lompoc; chief Pacific coast launch site for military satellites, and headquarters of the U.S. Space Force's Space Operations Command. Commercial satellites are launched from the base as well, and it is also a site for test-firing intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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