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Rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base

February 6, 2011 |  4:24 pm

A rocket carrying research and development materials successfully launched Sunday from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in  California’s Central Coast.

According to Air Force officials, the launch of Minotaur 1 was delayed for a day because of power problems with the rocket’s safety equipment that was observed during the countdown attempt Saturday. After the problems were resolved, the rocket took off amid clear skies early Sunday morning. 

Air Force authorities said the mission involved more than 200 personnel from the 30th Space Wing, Orbital Sciences Corp. and the Space and Missile Systems Center. 

“The 30th Space Wing and its mission partners have a long history of successful Minotaur launches and we are proud to continue that  history again here today, Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander, who was the launch decision authority, said in a statement.  

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