beach_and_pier_-_2200x270_-_with_npr_and_cal_lu_1.jpg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Local News

Scrubbed Satellite Launch From Central Coast Now Set For Sunday

atlas_v_0.jpg
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.