VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. -- A rocket originally slated to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base last month has launched, Thursday afternoon.
Liftoff for the Atlas V rocket was originally scheduled for August 2nd but was delayed due to a technical glitch. It was the fifth Atlas V processed at Vandenberg and the 606th Atlas mission in U.S. history.
"It's an honor to work alongside the men and women of Team Vandenberg, United Launch Alliance, the National Reconnaissance Office and our mission partners," said Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander. "These synergistic relationships are what guide Vandenberg to continual mission success and lead us into the next generation of spaceport excellence."
The rocket carried a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Vandenberg's next launch is a Minuteman III scheduled for November 14.