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(United Launch Alliance photo)

A rocket carrying a secret military payload is set to lift off from Santa Barbara County this week.

The United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket is scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force base Wednesday afternoon. The launch window begins at 1 p.m.

All officials will say about the payload is that it is cargo for the National Reconnaissance office.

(NASA Photo)

The planned launch of a satellite from Santa Barbara County has been scrubbed for the third time in less than a week.

A Delta II rocket was just minutes from launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base early Wednesday morning when the liftoff was cancelled. The release of some pre-launch weather balloons detected strong upper level winds which made liftoff unsafe. Early Tuesday morning, a technical issue cancelled the launch.  The first launch attempt also was cancelled due to a technical problem last week.

Plans now call for a 1:47 a.m. Thursday launch, if the winds are reduced.

(ULA photo)

A postponed launch of a military satellite from the Central Coast has been rescheduled for Saturday night.

(SpaceX photo)

A rocket successfully launched ten small satellites into orbit from Santa Barbara County, completing a big weekend for the company behind the launch.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:25 p.m. Sunday.