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Scrubbed Satellite Launch From Central Coast Now Set For Saturday Night

A postponed launch of a military satellite from the Central Coast has been rescheduled for Saturday night.

The United Launch Alliance had planned to launch an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base Thursday night.

However, a faulty battery on board the nearly 200 foot high booster resulted in the launch being scrubbed. The battery has been replaced, and the new launch is scheduled for 10:30 Saturday night.

If the weather cooperates, it should be visible along much of the Central and South Coasts. The 20 story high rocket will carry a secret payload into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office.