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It's a 'go' as of now for latest rocket launch set for Central Coast

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is set for liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base Thursday.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will carry two payloads into space from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Despite the wild weather now, the forecast is good for a planned rocket launch from the Central Coast later this week. The United Launch Alliance is set to launch an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base early Thursday morning.

The rocket has two payloads. One is a next generation weather satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The second is NASA's Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test. It’s an inflatable heat shield designed to provide a more efficient way for space vehicles to re-enter the atmosphere. After being flown into orbit, the shield system will land back on Earth in a test of the technology.

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The flight had originally been set for October 29, but was delayed because of a problem with a battery on the rocket. If weather permits, the 1:25 a.m. launch should be visible throughout the Tri-Counties.

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.