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It’s a “go” as of right now for the launch of a next generation weather satellite from Santa Barbara County.

A Delta II rocket carrying the satellite is scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force base at 1:47 a.m. Tuesday morning. If the weather conditions are clear, the takeoff should be visible along the Central and South Coasts.

The JPSS-1 satellite being launched into orbit is one in a series intended to improve the accuracy of weather forecasting.

(USAF/30th Space Wing Photo)

A rocket launch from the Central Coast Saturday is being called a huge success, after it successfully carried a cluster of satellites into orbit, and the primary booster was successfully recovered.

The SpaceX launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base carried ten IridumNEXT satellites into a low earth orbit. The communications satellites are part of 80 next generation craft intended to replace an existing network.