Space @ Vandenberg SFB

Building a Thriving Space Enterprise on the Central Coast

Master Plan overview

A new Space Age fueled by commercial enterprise is taking off and Vandenberg is a prime launchpad.

With capacity to welcome new commercial partners and support the growing mission of Space Force and other government partners, Vandenberg is ideally positioned as the West Coast hub for both commercial and military space operations.

Regional collaboration to drive spaceport development and attract public and private investment is boosting Vandenberg in reaching its potential as a thriving, competitive frontier in the 21st-century space race.

Recent highlights

  • Two space launch companies — Relativity and Astra — were awarded large state tax credits for plans to invest a combined $400 million and create a total of 1,700 jobs at Vandenberg and other locations
  • A new study is exploring opportunities to enhance the boat dock and related waterfront infrastructure to create more opportunity for commercial space operations at the base
  • Vandenberg celebrated milestones in its first year as a Space Force Base in May
  • Vice President Kamala Harris staged a national announcement from the base in April
  • The base was named one of six candidates to host STARCOM, the Space Force’s Space Training and Readiness Command, in April

2000+

launches

34.4h

record launch turnaround

211

payloads delivered into orbit in 2021

Master Plan lays foundation

A new master plan — a collaboration between REACH, the State of California, Santa Barbara County, Space Launch Delta 30, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Deloitte — paves the path to enhancing the capabilities, infrastructure and workforce to support a thriving space ecosystem, including:

  • Creation of a “mission zone” to support increased commercial activity
  • Targeted infrastructure investment to improve regional transportation to and from other major hubs
  • Incentives to spur commercial space activity
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A natural and intuitive choice

Long home to the training and education of the nation’s space professionals, Vandenberg was selected as one of six candidates for the U.S. Space Force Space Training and Readiness Command (STARCOM) headquarters.

A regional coalition comprising local and state government, higher education and business organizations has been actively advocating for Vandenberg’s selection alongside the region’s federal delegation, detailing the base’s advantages and support for growing its mission.

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A multi-billion dollar impact

Vandenberg powers 16,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of $4.5 billion in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties — a number that is projected to grow to more than $6 billion by 2030 as the base’s military and commercial mission expands.

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VSFB FAST FACTS

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Units based at VSFB

 

  • Space Launch Delta 30
    formerly 30th Space Wing
  • Space Delta 1
    formerly 381st Training Group
  • 576th Flight Test Squadron
    nation’s only dedicated ICBM test squadron
  • 18th Space Defense Squadron
    tracks satellites and debris to prevent collisions
  • Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC) / Delta 5 / Combined Force Space Component Command
    U.S.–led multinational command and control center for domestic and international Joint/Coalition missions
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Commercial engagements

  • Space X Falcon and Falcon Heavy
  • ULA Delta IV, Delta IV Heavy, Atlas V + Vulcan
  • Northrop Grumman Minotaur I + IV + Pegasus XL
  • Firefly Alpha + Beta
  • Blue Origin New Glenn
  • Relativity Terran 1 + 2
  • Rocket Lab Electron
  • ABL Space Systems
  • Astra Rocket 1
  • Spin Launch

Pioneering space since 1958

  • National record for shortest turnaround between launches, 34 hours and 25 minutes, set in 2021
  • World’s first-ever planetary defense mission, in 2021
  • Nation’s first tactically responsive launch mission after record 21-day call up in 2021
  • World’s first commercial spaceport, started operations in 1996
  • World’s first Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) launched in 1978
  • World’s first polar orbiting satellite, launched in 1959

99,604

acres

16

launch facilities and complexes

2nd

largest airfield runway in the DoD, at 15,000 feet