ULA launch

A part of an Atlas V rocket remains on the launchpad Friday at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The 30th Space Wing and United Launch Alliance announced Friday that the rocket is now slated to blast off from the base during a window that opens at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

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A rocket launch that was postponed Thursday from Vandenberg Air Force Base is now slated to take place late Saturday night.

The 30th Space Wing and United Launch Alliance announced Friday that the launch has been rescheduled for 10:30 p.m. Saturday from Space Launch Complex-3. An Atlas V rocket, built by ULA, is planned to carry into space a secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office as part of the NROL-42 mission.

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The launch had initially been scheduled for Thursday night, but was postponed that afternoon due to what ULA described as “a faulty battery on the booster.” It was announced then that the launch would happen no sooner than Saturday.

For more information on the mission or to view the launch live, visit ULA's website at www.ulalaunch.com.

Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.

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