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30th Communications Squadron Mobile Optics

Hi! I’m Robert Hargraves Western Range
Mobile Optics supervisor. Here at Vandenberg Air Force Base we use mobile
tracking mounts remotely and seat tracking to track space and missile
launches. We do technical documentation of rockets,
missiles, and space payloads from receipt through launch. Our technicians are highly skilled and
perform operator maintenance before every launch to make sure that our
equipment is operating at peak performance. Mobile optics accurately and
safely meets mission operational directives by setting up operational
seat tracking and remotely controlled mobile optics tracking mounts. Tracking
mounts can hold up to 12 cameras consisting of high-definition 2 and 4k
digital video, high-speed digital engineering analysis video, mid-wave
infrared video, and still photographic cameras. We document missions for DoD, MDA,
NRO, Air Force and other government and commercial agencies. Recently, the Chief Master Sergeant of the
Air Force, was one of our special guests who got a chance to use one of our
tracking mounts and learn what we do. Usually one day prior to all launches we
bring all of our equipment to the field uncover and prepare everything for
launch, making sure that on launch day everything is 100% operational. One of our main challenges at Vandenberg
Air Force Base launch range, is our terrain. We have a very hilly and
mountainous terrain which requires the use of many different optical sights. Mobile optics is critical at Vandenberg
Air Force Base. At Vandenberg Air Force Base, our operations take place 24-hours
a day with a lot of our launch operations occurring at night. We can
incur all types of weather conditions including foggy weather, rain, and high
winds. On a clear night our optic technicians will use the moon to check
their bore sight and Infinity focus. During hours of darkness when you cannot
visually see the launch sites, geographical coordinates can be used to
find the launch facilities. Our latest launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base was
a Minuteman III missile.

Tony wyaad



  1. Masaharu Morimoto Posted on November 18, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Awesome!! I truly appreciate all the video you capture & share, It makes me sleep well at night knowing we have the best of the best on guard ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. lova Ravonimanantsoa Posted on November 19, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Excellent work !