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Vandenberg Air Force Base
Society: AIAA Main Category: Aerospace & Aviation Sub Category: Aerospace Era: 1940-1949 DateCreated: 1942 Vandenberg AFB Lompoc State: CA Zip: Country: USA Website: Creator: U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force

Vandenberg Air Force Base was the nation’s first space and ballistic missile operational and training base. Beginning with its first launch, a Thor Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) on December 16, 1958, it has been the launch site of many of America’s military satellites and polar-orbiting satellites.

Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/DVIDSHUB (CC BY 2.0) Image Caption: Delta IV Launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base Era_date_from: 1942
Aberdeen Range, Aberdeen Proving Ground
Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Research and Development Era: 1940-1949 DateCreated: 1943 US Army Test & Evaluation Command - Ryan Building Aberdeen State: MD Zip: Country: USA Website: Creator: U.S. Army

During the 1930's, research into advanced ballistic measurement techniques began at Aberdeen Proving Ground—the world's first large-scale, fully-instrumented ballistic range producing data on the aerodynamic characteristics of missiles in free flight.

Image Credit: Courtesy U.S. Army RDECOM Image Caption: High Explosive shells at Aberdeen Proving Ground Era_date_from: 1943
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