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Rocket With Secret Payload Successfully Launched From Central Coast

(ULA photo)
A United Launch Alliance rocket successful lifted a spy satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base Monday afternoon

Launch visible throughout much of region

A massive rocket with a secret payload roared into the sky from the Central Coast Monday.

It was a spectacular sight as a United Launch Alliance rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:47 p.m.

There had been concern that the storm which moved through our region might delay the launch, but conditions were mild enough for the liftoff to take place within a minute of the planned launch time.

(ULA photo)
One of the Delta 4-Heavy boosters is jettisoned after liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base

While the launch was public, details on the rocket’s payload aren’t. The more than 230 foot long rocket was carrying a huge spy satellite into orbit.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.