Rocket launch to carry spy satellites into space

Posted at 12:17 PM, Jan 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-12 17:17:13-05

(KGTV) - A rocket launch delayed twice this week took place Friday afternoon at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The Delta IV rocket will deliver a national security satellite into space as part of mission NROL-47 from the National Reconnaissance Office.

The launch happened at Space Launch Complex-6, about 140 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

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That Falcon 9 rocket launch delivered 10 satellites into low-Earth orbit for Iridium, a communications company.

The latest rocket launch was scrubbed due to rain Wednesday and canceled again Thursday.

Watch the launch:


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