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The JPSS-1 Joint Polar Satellite System satellite undergoes testing at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp's Fisher Integration Center in Boulder, Colorado, on Aug. 19, 2016. The Joint Polar Satellite System is the nation's new generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system.
Contributed photo by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

The launch of a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base has been rescheduled for early Tuesday morning.

The rocket, provided by United Launch Alliance, is now set to blast off at 1:47 a.m. from VAFB’s Space Launch Complex-2, base officials announced Wednesday. The launch had initially been scheduled for Nov. 10, but base leaders announced Monday that it was being pushed back due to a faulty battery.

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The launch is taking place as part of a joint mission between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The two organizations are attempting to deliver the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 into orbit.

The satellite system, according to the Air Force, represents “significant technological and scientific advancements in observations used for severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring. These data are critical to the timeliness and accuracy of forecasts three to seven days in advance of a severe weather event.”

Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.

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