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Military weather satellite set for launch from Vandenberg base
Military weather satellite set for launch from Vandenberg base

For more than 15 years, a $518-million military weather satellite sat in a clean room at Lockheed Martin Corp.'s facility in Sunnyvale waiting for the day it would be launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. On Thursday morning, the spacecraft is finally set to be blasted into space atop Atlas V rocket. It will be the latest satellite launched in support of the military's long-running Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, a satellite system initiated in 1962. Since then, the program has enabled military officers to detect developing storms and alert communities of the danger headed their way. The rocket launch scheduled for 7:46 a.m. PDT would be the first of...

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