Military Capabilities

US Air Force officer seeks space launch range infrastructure improvements at Vandenberg

17 December 2017

Key Points

  • A key USAF officer seeks launch range infrastructure improvements at Vandenberg
  • He wants the service to attract and embrace commercial launch companies, which move quickly

The US Air Force (USAF) needs to improve its power grid and communications infrastructure of the space launch range at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California if it wants to attract and move as fast as the commercial space industry, according to a key officer.

The 30th Space Wing commander, Colonel Michael Hough, told Jane’s on 11 December that, provided additional funding, improving the range power grid would be his first priority as it is old and has had patchwork repairs applied to it over the years.

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