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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.

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. 
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