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Satellite Launch Planned From Santa Barbara County Postponed Due To Technical Issue

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Joint Polar Satellite System-1 set for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base

A planned satellite launch from the Central Coast has been postponed for at least four days because of the discovery of a faulty battery on board the rocket booster.

The United Launch Alliance had been planning to launch a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday with a NASA/NOAA satellite into orbit. Officials say the launch will now take place on Tuesday, November 14th at the earliest.

The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft is designed to provide forecasters with environmental data to improve understanding of changes in the Earth's weather, oceans and climate.

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