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(NASA Photo)

A rocket successfully lifted off from the Central Coast Tuesday afternoon, carrying seven satellites into orbit.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried five small communication satellites into space, as well as two research satellites.  The NASA research satellites contain instruments to map things like the melting of polar ice caps, and rising sea levels.

(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.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ian Dudley)

It was a spectacular sight. A rocket carrying 10 communication satellites was successfully launched from Santa Barbara County early Monday morning.

The Air Force has released details of a postponed satellite launch from the Central Coast which has been rescheduled for this week.

An Atlas V rocket carrying the WorldView-4 satellite was originally set to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on mid-September. The launch was at first delayed by a minor mechanical problem, and then a brush fire on the bases pushed liftoff back by week. Then, another minor technical issue again delayed the planned liftoff from last weekend to this coming Friday.

A minor leak involving rocket propellant which scrubbed Friday’s planned launch of a satellite from the Central Coast has led to the launch being shifted to Sunday.

The United Launch Alliance was preparing to send up an Atlas V rocket carrying the WorldView-4 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The next liftoff opportunity is a launch window beginning at 11:30 Sunday morning.

WorldView-4 is an earth observation satellite equipped with state of the art lenses and electronics, with the craft’s costs including the launch estimated to be more than $800 million dollars.