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Satellite Launch From Central Coast Postponed To Late November

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Illustration of the Sentinel-6 satellite planned for liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base

The planned Central Coast launch of a satellite intended to help us improve monitoring of climate change has been postponed for more than a week.

The Sentinel-6 satellite had been set for liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force base for November 10th.

The launch is being delayed 11 days until November 21st, so SpaceX can deal with engine issues with its Falcon-9 rocket. 

The joint U.S.-European project is intended to provide the latest in a series of Earth observation satellites to monitor global warming.  It will allow more accurate tracking of things like sea level rise and ocean current movement.

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.