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Delta II rocket launches from Vandenberg AFB

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UPDATE (2 a.m. Saturday) - The rocket lifted off as planned.


UPDATE (11:45 p.m.) - United Launch Alliance is planning a live broadcast at 1:15 a.m. that you can watch here:


ORIGINAL STORY - Crews at Vandenberg Air Force Base will try for a fourth time on Saturday to launch a Delta II rocket carrying a NOAA/NASA weather satellite.

The rocket was originally scheduled for launch on Nov. 10 but that was delayed because of a faulty battery on the rocket booster.

The launch was rescheduled for Nov. 14 but scrubbed just a few minutes before scheduled liftoff due to technical issues.

On Nov. 15, the launch was scrubbed again because of high upper-level winds.

The launch is now scheduled for 1:47 a.m. on Nov. 18. The launch window is just 66 seconds.

A live stream of the launch will be available on the United Launch Alliance website starting at 1:15 a.m.

The satellite onboard the rocket, known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1), will reportedly help better monitor and predict severe weather conditions.

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