Air Force base wildfire postpones hi-res satellite launch

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CALIF. - An Air Force official says a wildfire burning at a Central California base has forced the postponement of a satellite launch.

Lt. William Collette said the fire burning Sunday at Vandenberg Air Force Base had scrubbed the planned rocket launch.

The rocket was to carry a satellite known as WorldView-4 into orbit. The satellite is designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space.

Collette says there's no new date for the Atlas 5 rocket launch.

WorldView-4 is the latest in a series of imaging satellites built by Lockheed Martin. It is operated by Colorado-based DigitalGlobe, which provides images for government and private customers.

Officials say the satellite will be able to spot the make of a car from nearly 400 miles above Earth.


Get more earth & space news on at

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment