The Americans launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Minuteman III, which was postponed in early April because of the aggravated situation with the DPRK. The rocket was launched at 6: Pacific Morning 27, Colonel Brent MacArthur was appointed in charge of the launch, according to the US Air Force official website.
“Each test launch symbolizes hard work and dedication of those involved in the mission. Conducting such missions is vital to ensure the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the ICBM,” said Colonel Richard Pagliuko, who was also involved in the launch preparation process.
The rocket launched from the airborne base Vandenberg, located in California. It fell into the Pacific Ocean in less than half an hour, four thousand miles from the base in the Atoll Kwajalein, reports The Washington Post, citing representatives of the US Air Force.
This is the first Minuteman III test run on 2013. Every year, several such missiles are launched from Vandenberg, the main goal of the tests is to verify the accuracy weapons and system reliability. RIA "News"reminds that intercontinental ballistic missiles of this type with the 1970 of the year are in service with the US Army, their production was stopped in the 1978 year. Minuteman III is capable of hitting a target within 12 radius thousands of kilometers. In total, the US military has 450 of such missiles.
The rocket left a strange halo in the form of a bubble spreading in the sky
A few hours after launch, an article by Phil Plate appeared in the Slate online edition, which reported that the rocket had left a bright halo in the form of a blistering bubble. The journalist was told this by his acquaintance Adam Draginda, who works at an observatory to observe the weather conditions, located in Hawaii. It was the cameras of this observatory that fixed the bubble.
The journalist immediately guessed what was happening: in June 2011, he wrote a note about the same phenomenon, then the halo also left a rocket of this type. Minuteman III - a three-stage rocket, the last stage of which is equipped with holes. When the rocket enters the desired trajectory, the holes open and the remaining fuel is ejected through them. The speed of the ejection and movement of the rocket is so great that a halo is formed in the sky, spreading a bubble in the sky, while its edges are brighter than the core.