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Another delay? SpaceX pushes back next rocket launch at Vandenberg

Update, May 10:

The Canadian Space Agency is now reporting the targeted launch date for its RadarSat mission is June 11.

For more details on the mission, go here: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/radarsat/updates.asp .

Original story:

Heading to Lompoc to view the next rocket launch? You’ll need to change your plans.

SpaceX was expected to launch a series of satellites for the Canadian Space Agency from Vandenberg Air Force Base sometime between May 16 and 22, but that launch has since been delayed to later in the month.

Canadian Space Agency spokeswoman Audrey Barbier told The Tribune on Tuesday that the next launch will likely not take place until the end of May or early June.

“The exact launch date is to be determined,” she said.

According to the CSA, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is expected to carry three radar-based, earth-imaging satellites into orbit for the country’s RadarSat Constellation program.

The satellites will be used for maritime surveillance, disaster management and ecosystem monitoring, according to the CSA website.

The mission has faced numerous delays: it was originally slated for sometime in February, and then again in March, before being delayed again to May.

This is separate from Wednesday’s test of an an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. The missile was launched at 2:42 a.m. as a test of the nation’s defense systems.

Do you go see all of the rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base? SLO Tribune Reporter Kaytlyn Leslie is writing about the base and its space missions and would like to hear from you. Where are your favorite places to watch from? What are your tips and tricks for capturing the best photos? Favorite launches? Email Kaytlyn at kleslie@thetribunenews.com to share your love of the final frontier and help shape The Tribune’s coverage.

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Kaytlyn Leslie writes about business and development for The San Luis Obispo Tribune. Hailing from Nipomo, she also covers city governments and happenings in the South County region, including Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and Grover Beach. She joined The Tribune in 2013 after graduating from Cal Poly with her journalism degree.
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