A Vandenberg launch was felt as far away as 50 miles from the launch site, as the 23 story-high rocket shook the ground as it left Earth to deliver a top-secret satellite into space. This Vandenberg launch carried an American spy satellite that will join other intelligence-gathering satellites used by the U.S. Government in space, according to The Inquisitr on Aug. 29.
The Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, which was the site of the rocket launch, is about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The Delta IV Heavy rocket is the longest rocket in the U.S., which measured close to 250 feet tall.
Launch services are provided to the government by United Launch Alliance. This company sends the Alpha and Delta rockets into space and it is created as a partnership between the Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corporation.
The latest launch saw spectators line the road leading up to the Air Force base. The surrounding towns saw people finding unobstructed viewing areas to see this powerful rocket leave the earth in this Vandenberg launch.
The thrust of these rocket engines sends out a sound and a vibration that signifies the epitome of power and it is not something that is seen, heard or felt in everyday life, so the experience is one of a kind. "The launch showed off the full capabilities of the Air Force base," said Col. Keith Balts, the 30th Space Wing commander who served as the launch decision authority.