Undeterred by the weather conditions, an unmanned defense satellite was launched from central coast of California on Friday.
An Atlas V rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base Station at 7:19 pm, carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.
According to the reports, the launch was delayed on Thursday due to the bad weather condition that was caused by a major storm.
The storm drenched the state and brought heavy clouds, rain and gusty winds. But the weather condition improved by Friday evening, offering a clear window for the launch.
Col. Keith Balts, commander of Air Force’s 30th Space Wing, said, “The hard work and dedication of everyone involved continues to ensure our nation’s access to space. This was especially evident by our base electricians who worked tirelessly through last night’s extreme weather to ensure power was available for launch.”
Meanwhile, the officials denied providing any detail about the satellite citing national security reasons.