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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday, October 7, 2018, as seen in this view from Pismo Beach. The booster of the rocket made a return landing at the base for the first time.
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday, October 7, 2018, as seen in this view from Pismo Beach. The booster of the rocket made a return landing at the base for the first time.

UPDATE, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday

The rocket launch has been delayed another day.

According to ULA, the Delta IV Heavy rocket launch set for Wednesday evening has been scrapped after inspection found a hydrogen leak on one of the engine sections.

Original Story

The long-anticipated Delta IV rocket launch, which was supposed to happen Tuesday evening, has been delayed due to high winds, according to the United Launch Alliance.

The rocket launch is now planned for Wednesday at 5:44 p.m., the agency said.

The rocket will carry a top-secret payload — a National Reconnaissance Office spacecraft — into orbit for a mission dubbed NROL-71, according to previous Tribune reports.

The team tried twice to launch the rocket earlier this month, but both times were foiled by technical glitches.

Air Force weather forecasters indicated an 80 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for the Wednesday launch.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.
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