Calling All Space Enthusiasts

SLO CAL has your front-row seat to all West Coast space launches

Did you know that California’s Central Coast is home to a Space Force base that regularly launches rockets and missiles? The Vandenberg Space Force Base, located in one of SLO CAL’s neighboring cities of Lompoc, is the West Coast’s only space and missile facility. VSFB is home to Space Launch Delta 30, which manages all launch and range missions on the base, including launch activities for Space Force, Air Force, Department of Defense, NASA, United Launch Alliance, SpaceX, Firefly Aerospace, and other commercial space partner organizations. Only approved personnel are allowed inside Vandenberg, however SLO CAL’s coastline and viewing sites are the perfect place to witness rocket launches once they are airborne. Check out our blog to find some of the best beaches and parks for viewing opportunities. 

PREPARE AND ISOLATE LIKE AN ASTRONAUT 

For those traveling from out of town, space launch schedules are only determined safe by many uncontrollable factors, such as the weather, which can also affect local views. Please be flexible with your planning, you never know when a delay will occur and you never know how quickly the base will reschedule! We recommend staying for a few days just in case; there is lots to do in SLO CAL to fill the rest of your time!

Upcoming Space Launches

JPSS 2 (Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft No 2) 

Atlas V 401

United Launch Alliance

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 – Launch window 2-3am

Starlink Group 2-4

Falcon 9 Block 5

Space X

Projected to Launch November 2022 (Date /Time TBD)

Flight Three

Flirefly Alpha

Flirefly Aerospace

Projected to Launch November 2022 (Date /Time TBD)

SWOT – Surface Water & Ocean Topography

Falcon 9 Block 5

Space X

Projected to Launch December 2022 (Date /Time TBD)

SDA Tranche 0

Falcon 9 Block 5

Space X

Projected to Launch December 2022 (Date /Time TBD)

SARah 2 &3

Falcon 9 Block 5

Space X

Projected to Launch December 2022 (Date /Time TBD)

Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission

Falcon 9 Block 5

Space X

Projected to Launch March 2023 (Date /Time TBD)

Iridium-9

Falcon 9 Block 5

Space X

Projected to Launch June 2023 (Date /Time TBD)

Places to Stay While in SLO CAL

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