Air Force base wildfire pushes back hi-res satellite launch

2016-09-18 20:44

A firefighter lights a backfire as the Rocky Fire burns near Clearlake. (Josh Edelson, AP)

A firefighter lights a backfire as the Rocky Fire burns near Clearlake. (Josh Edelson, AP)

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Vandenberg Air Force Base - An Air Force official says a wildfire burning at a Central California base has forced the postponement of a satellite launch.

Lieutenant William Collette said the fire burning on 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 650km above Earth.

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