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It took four tries, but a a  rocket carrying a weather satellite into orbit has finally been launched from the Central Coast.

Technical glitches postponed the liftoff of a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base twice in the last week, and high wind led to the mission being scrubbed for a third time.

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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.

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The planned launch of a satellite from Santa Barbara County early Tuesday morning was scrubbed due to a technical issue.

A Delta II rocket was just minutes from launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base when the liftoff was placed on hold.  Because there was a short, 62 second launch window beginning at 1:47 a.m., and not enough time to resolve the issue, the flight was postponed. 

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.

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A planned satellite launch from the Central Coast has been postponed for at least four days because of the discovery of a faulty battery on board the rocket booster.

The United Launch Alliance had been planning to launch a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday with a NASA/NOAA satellite into orbit. Officials say the launch will now take place on Tuesday, November 14th at the earliest.

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A Central Coast beach which is a breeding ground for an endangered species of bird has been closed from now through Labor Day weekend, to protect the birds.

The Air Force closed Surf Beach, on Vandenberg Air Force Base. Because the birds nest on the sand, they are susceptible to humans, dogs, and horses disrupting their breeding process. While a certain number of beach violations are allowed, once they reach a threshold the area is closed. The closures happen on a regular basis.

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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.

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U.S. military officials say a missile launched from the Central Coast Tuesday successfully destroyed another missile test launched in the western Pacific, in what was a key test of a defense system.

It was the first live fire test involving the ground based interceptor system against an intercontinental ballistic missile.

A missile was launched from the Marshall Islands, and the payload of a missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base destroyed the target in a direct collision.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Second Lt. William Collette)

For the second time in a week, an intercontinental ballistic missile has been successfully test launched from the Central Coast.

An unarmed Minuteman III missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 12:02 Wednesday morning.  The missile flew to a test range in the Western Pacific. 

A similar launch took place last Wednesday.  While they are considered a routine test of personnel and equipment, the tests have received more attention than in the past because of simmering tension with North Korea over its missile development program.

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A missile test launch is planned for Santa Barbara County.

Air Force officials say plans call for launching an unarmed continental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base sometime between 12:01 a.m. and 6:01 a.m. Wednesday.

The Minuteman III test is one in a series of ongoing launches from the base intended to test the readiness of launch crews, as well as equipment.

Photo courtesy Tech. Sgt. Kurt Villavicencio, USAF

The Air Force has successfully test launched a missile from the Central Coast.

The Minuteman III missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:39 Wednesday night. 

It's the latest in a series of routine launches from the base intended to test the readiness of equipment and flight crews.  The unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile carried test re-entry vehicles to a target area more than 4,000 miles away in the Western Pacific.

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The Air Force has announced a missile test launch is set to take place from the Central Coast this week.

Plans call for the launch of an unarmed Minuteman III missile sometime between 11:03 p.m. Tuesday, and 5:03 a.m. Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

It’s part of a series of ongoing missions from the base to test both the equipment, and launch crews. If all goes well, the missile with travel more than 2,000 miles to a remote test range in the Western Pacific.

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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.

A rocket launch planned for the Central Coast this weekend is a “go” as of now.

A SpaceX rocket is scheduled to lift off at 9:54 a.m. Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying an Iridium NEXT satellite. It’s part of a network intended to improve global communications.

Plans call for more than 80 of the Iridum NEXT satellites to be placed in a low earth orbit, to replace an existing network. If the weather is clear enough, the launch should be visible throughout the Central and South Coasts.

(SpaceX Photo)

A satellite launch originally planned for the Central Coast this month is being pushed back into the New Year.

SpaceX was planning to launch a cluster of small satellites December 16th from Vandenberg Air Force Base. In the wake of a Falcon 9 rocket being destroyed on its launch plan in Florida in September, SpaceX is delaying the Vandenberg launch as it continues efforts to try to pinpoint exactly what went wrong. A specific new launch date hasn’t been set yet.

There’s yet another delay in efforts to launch a satellite from the Central Coast.

United Launch Alliance had originally planned to launch the WordView-4 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base September 16th.  A small fuel leak postponed the launch, and then a major brush fire on the base pushed it all the way back to November 6th. Now, there’s word that a minor issue with the satellite’s booster will mean another minor delay, from the 6th to the 11th.

The satellite will provide advanced new earth imaging capacity for military and civilian uses.

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A new date has been set for the launch of a satellite from Santa Barbara County which was initially postponed due to a small fuel leak, and then delayed for weeks by a brush fire.

The WorldView 4 satellite is now scheduled to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base November 6th. An issue with a fuel valve postponed the September 16th launch. Then, the 12,000 plus acre Canyon brush fire broke out on the base, leading to an indefinite delay.

The launch facilities weren’t damaged, but it has taken weeks to assess and repair damage to the base’s infrastructure.

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Air Force officials say that a series of checks shows rocket launch facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base were undamaged by a more than 12,000 acre brush fire last month.

The Canyon Fire was the largest in the base’s history, burning out of control for days before being contained. It led to the postponement of a satellite launch from the base. The rocket and satellite were undamaged, but the flight has yet to be rescheduled.

There’s been yet another brush fire on Vandenberg Air Force Base, the fourth in less than two weeks.

The latest blaze broke out just before noon today, near Firefighter and Corral Roads. Firefighters aided by helicopters, and air tankers were able to stop the spread of the four acre blaze in a little over an hour. No structures were reported threatened. There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire.

(USAF/30th Space Wing Photo)

Normal operations resumed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, even as firefighters continue some mopup work from some brush fires on the base.

The largest of the trio of fires, the Canyon Fire on the south part of the base, charred more than 12,000 acres of brush. It was fully contained on Saturday, nearly a week after it started. Two smaller fires which started late last week, a 200 acre plus blaze and a 30 acre fire, were also declared fully contained over the weekend.

(Photo By Senior Airman Julie Kazanas /USAF)

Firefighters have fully controlled one brush fire, and have 90% containment of a second on Vandenberg Air Force Base, in Santa Barbara County.

The Washington Fire started yesterday afternoon, burning more than 200 acres of land on the north side of the base before it was contained last night. It was full controlled this morning. The fire is believed to have been started by a power line downed by gusty wind.

A second major brush fire on Vandenberg Air Force Base has threatened some buildings, and prompted some evacuations.

What’s being called the Washington Fire has burned about 250 acres of land on the north end of the base. It started around 2 p.m. Thursday off of Washington Avenue. Despite evacuation orders for a half dozen buildings Thursday afternoon, none were reported damaged, and the forward spread of the blaze was stopped by mid-evening.

Firefighters think wind may have knocked down a power line, triggering the fire.

Firefighters battling a 12,000 acre brush fire in Santa Barbara County are facing a new complication. The Canyon Fire on the south part of Vandenberg Air Force Base is now 70% contained, but at around 2 p.m. today, a new unrelated fire broke out on the north end of the base.

Some of the more than 1100 firefighters and other personnel fighting the Canyon Fire have been diverted to the new blaze.

Several buildings on the base have been ordered evacuated as a precaution from the new fire.  Firefighters say it appears the wind down a power line, triggering the new blaze.

Firefighters say a brush fire that’s burning in northern Santa Barbara County has grown to 12,000 acres, but is now 45% contained.

The Canyon Fire is on the south end of Vandenberg Air Force Base. No structures have been lost to the fire, but some base facilities have been considered threatened.

More than 1,000 people are now involved in efforts to fight the fire, which started Saturday. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

A brush fire burning in Santa Barbara County has now topped the 10,000 acre mark.

The Canyon Fire has been burning since Saturday night on the south portion of Vandenberg Air Force Base. More than 600 firefighters are battling the blaze, which is 20% contained.

Some structures on the base are considered to be at risk, but there are no reports of buildings damaged at this point.  The cause is still under investigation.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department

A brush fire in northern Santa Barbara County has grown to about 4500 acres, and is still out of control.

The Canyon Fire is burning on the south portion of Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Ynez Road. No structures are reported to be in immediate danger from the fire, which started Saturday night.

The fire prompted the precautionary cancellation of at a rocket launch scheduled from Vandenberg Sunday morning.

Hundreds of firefighters are involved in battling the blaze, which is currently at zero percent containment.

(United Launch Alliance photo)

A satellite launch from the Central Coast originally planned for last week has now been postponed until at least September 26th, as a result of a brush fire burning on Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The Atlas V liftoff was originally set for last Thursday, but was postponed due to a small fuel leak. The launch was pushed back to Sunday. Then, the outbreak of the Canyon Fire on the south part of the base Saturday prompted another postponement. The launch pad area isn’t threatened, but the firefighters normally on standby for every launch are busy battling the blaze.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

A brush fire in northern Santa Barbara County has now burned more than 2200 acres of land, and prompted the cancellation of a satellite launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

What’s known as the Canyon Fire is burning in a canyon on Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Ynez Road. No structures are reported to be in immediate danger from the fire, which started Saturday night.

The fire prompted the precautionary cancellation of at a rocket launch scheduled from Vandenberg Sunday morning.