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Scrubbed Satellite Launch From Central Coast Now Set For Sunday

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Satellite launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base now set for Sunday

A minor leak involving rocket propellant which scrubbed Friday’s planned launch of a satellite from the Central Coast has led to the launch being shifted to Sunday.

The United Launch Alliance was preparing to send up an Atlas V rocket carrying the WorldView-4 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The next liftoff opportunity is a launch window beginning at 11:30 Sunday morning.

WorldView-4 is an earth observation satellite equipped with state of the art lenses and electronics, with the craft’s costs including the launch estimated to be more than $800 million dollars.

If the liftoff takes place as planned, it should be visible along much of the Central and South Coasts.

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.