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Vandenberg Rocket Launch Further Delayed

Now Scheduled to Take Place No Sooner than August 14


According to a press release from Vandenberg Air Force base, an Atlas V rocket launch scheduled for August 2 has been further delayed due to instrumentation issues.

The rocket, which is carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload, was originally re-scheduled for August 3 at 12:27 a.m., but has been postponed to give technicians time to resolve a problem with uprange instrumentation that arose during the lead-up to the August 2 launch attempt. The launch is now scheduled to take place no sooner than August 14, base officials said.

The instrumentation currently experiencing issues is a mandatory range asset critical to public safety,” said Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander in the press release. Armagno went on to affirm that, ā€œpublic safety is Vandenberg’s top priority during launch operations, which is why we are taking this time to ensure our range instrumentation is ready to support a safe and successful launch.ā€

There are no issues with either the rocket or the payload (which many speculate is a spy satellite), and their systems are functioning safely and properly.



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