Rocket Successfully Launches at Vandenberg

A rocket carrying a satellite for civilian and military use successfully blasted off Saturday.

The Delta II rocket launched at 6:31 p.m. carrying the Thales Alenia-Space COSMO-SkyMed 2 satellite, according to a statement from the base.

Air Force Col. Steve Tanous, who oversaw the launch, said it was the second time this year a satellite of this type was launched from Vandenberg.

The satellite will be used to observe the Earth. No further details were provided.

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