First Stage of LDCM Rocket Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base

First Stage of LDCM Rocket Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base

United Launch Alliance (ULA), the LDCM launch vehicle provider with vehicle assembly facilities in Decatur, Alabama, flew the first stage of the LDCM Atlas V 401 launch vehicle from Alabama to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on August 27, 2012 aboard an Antonov AN-124 aircraft. The Atlas V lower stage is the first major LDCM subsystem shipped to the launch site.

Atlas V booster
An Atlas V booster (Stage 1) being loaded onto an Antonov aircraft (note this was for a previous mission; it is not LDCM’s Atlas V booster). Photo Credit: United Launch Alliance.

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