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Military Satellite Launches Successfully From Central Coast

Photo by U.S. Air Force
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base

A military satellite has been successfully launched from the Central Coast last night after being scrubbed last week due to a problem with the rocket booster.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifted off at 10:49 pm Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base. It was visible for much of the South and Central Coast.

The launch had been planned for Thursday night, but a faulty battery on board the nearly 200-foot high booster resulted in that launch being cancelled. The battery was later replaced.

The 20-story high rocket carried a secret payload into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office, which gathers information for national security, assessing impacts of natural disasters and other purposes.