A new report details how the proposed $136 million California Space Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base would give San Luis Obispo County a substantial economic boost between tourism, the creation of new jobs, and the results of 10 years of construction, operations, and visitor spending, reports the SLO Tribune News. The majority of the revenue would stay in Santa Barbara County, but San Luis Obispo County should reap on average about $8.7 million per year. The Santa Maria-based Space Authority is negotiating with Vandenberg officials to lease a 66-acre bluff outside Vandenberg’s main gate, which offers visitors a direct view of satellite and rocket launches.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S. The bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.