Spy satellite launch from Vandenberg could startle Southland again

Today's launch was the first of 2018 for Colorado-based United Launch Alliance

After ULA was forced to delay proceedings on Wednesday and Thursday, the space company is now preparing to launch its Delta IV rocket at 4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. local time, on Friday.

The United Launch Alliance scheduled to launch a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The rocket will carry a National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite, with the mission dubbed NROL-47.

The launch, which is slated to be the first of 2018 from VAFB, was delayed several times on Thursday before ultimately getting called off around 4:45 p.m., almost four hours after the launch window first opened at 1 p.m.

The original launch date was Wednesday, but was pushed back until Thursday due to weather. "Latest weather briefing shows an 80% chance of favorable weather". The Delta IV rocket was supposed to take off today at 4PM ET, but ULA said it's working on a technical issue that's delaying the launch.

The vehicle will launch the classified NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. It will be the 27th NRO launch by United Launch Alliance, which is a Colorado-based aerospace partnership between Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

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