A scheduled unarmed operational test Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launch occurred Sept. 17, 2010, from Launch Facility-09 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile's single reentry test vehicle traveled approximately 5,300 miles to a pre-determined target about 200 miles southwest of Guam. ICBM analysts, including officials from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, will use the data collected to ensure the readiness and capability of the ICBM fleet.

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A scheduled unarmed operational test Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launch occurred Sept. 17, 2010, from Launch Facility-09 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile's single reentry test vehicle traveled approximately 5,300 miles to a pre-determined target about 200 miles southwest of Guam. ICBM analysts, including officials from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, will use the data collected to ensure the readiness and capability of the ICBM fleet.