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Rocket launch to Saturday • Long Beach Post



Tonight's planned launch of a satellite-carrying rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base has been canceled due to "issue with a redundant communication link between the control center and launch site," according to United Launch Alliance.

Liftoff is now set for 8:06 pm Saturday.

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With storm clouds moving out of the area, Southern California could be in for another spectacular light show tonight with a rocket launching at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County .

If successful, the launch will be the second rocket to take off this week from Vandenberg. Hawthorne-based SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 Monday, carrying 64 satellites into orbit.

Friday's launch, scheduled for 8:1

9 pm, is being carried out by SpaceX, but by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

ULA's Delta IV Heavy Rocket wants to be a secretive satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office.

According to the company, the Delta IV heavy rocket includes three Rocketdyne liquid hydrogen / liquid oxygen engine that can produce a combined 2.1 million pounds of thrust.

Lompoc area was indicating a "40 percent chance of favorable conditions for the liftoff," according to ULA.

ULA has carried out 27 Launches for the National Reconnaissance Office over the past 12 years.

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