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SpaceX's first launch of the year from Vandenberg Air Force Base was delayed for a third time early Wednesday morning and is now scheduled for early Thursday.

"Standing down today due to strong upper level winds," SpaceX tweeted at 6:07 a.m., about 10 minutes before Wednesday's scheduled 6:17 a.m. lift-off.

The tweet said the company now was targeting 6:17 a.m. Thursday for the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket as part of the Spanish PAZ mission.

The launch had been scheduled for Saturday morning, but was first pushed back to Sunday and then Wednesday. 

The primary mission for the launch is to send the 3,000-pound PAZ satellite into orbit. The satellite was developed by Airbus, a commercial aircraft manufacturer, and HISDESAT, a Spanish government satellite services operator that deals primarily in the areas of defense, security, intelligence and foreign affairs.

PAZ, which is Spanish for “peace,” will carry a radar-imaging payload to collect views of Earth to “address civilian needs with multiple applications,” according to the company's website. It is Spain's first radar satellite.

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The satellite is designed for a mission of five and a half years and is set to orbit Earth 15 times per day.

The launch will be the first at the base this year from SpaceX and just the second overall at the base. A Delta IV rocket, provided by United Launch Alliance, blasted off from the base on Jan. 12 carrying a secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. 

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