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Satellite launch originally planned for Central Coast this week pushed to next week

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Teams work on a weather satellite being prepared for launch from the Central Coast.

Vandenberg Space Force Base launch now set for November 10th

A rocket launch originally planned for the Central Coast this week has been reset for November 10.

The United Launch Alliance is planning to launch the latest in a series of new weather satellite from Vandenberg Space Force Base. The launch window opens at 1:25 a.m on the 10th.

An issue with a battery on the Atlas V rocket led to the delay. It's since been replaced.

In addition to the weather satellite, the rocket will carry an inflatable heat shield into orbit. It will land back on Earth after launch. It's a test of the technology to see if it could be used as a more efficient way to land craft on other planets.

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.