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TIMED Spacecraft Ships from APL to Vandenberg Air Force Base
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TIMED Spacecraft Ships from APL to Vandenberg Air Force Base

January 30, 2013
NASA's TIMED spacecraft was shipped May 30, 2001, in preparation for its upcoming launch from the Western Range, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The spacecraft was transported on a custom flatbed truck equipped with special shocks to reduce vibration to the spacecraft and its systems during transport from APL (where the spacecraft was designed and built) to Andrews Air Force Base. At Andrews the spacecraft, ground support equipment and critical personnel boarded a C-17 military cargo aircraft and flew directly to Vandenberg Air Force Base. The transport was made possible by the 89th Aerial Port Squadron, Andrews Air Force Base and the 315th Air Wing, Charleston Air Force Base.