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Spy Satellite Launch From Central Coast Gets Scrubbed After Second Attempt

Saturday night’s planned launch of a spy satellite from the Central Coast was scrubbed due to a technical issue.

A United Launch Alliance rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office satellite was supposed to blast off at 8:15 pm from Vandenberg Air Force Base. But, just seven seconds before liftoff, the launch was called off.

Officials said during the launch's webcast that the sequencer that controls the countdown had detected a problem.

This was the second attempt after the launch was postponed Friday night because of a communication problem between the control center and the launch site.

National Reconnaissance Office satellites gather intelligence information for U.S. national security and for purposes including assessing impacts of natural disasters.