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US defense weather satellite launched
US defense meteorological satellite launched from California
Associated Press
2014-04-03 11:42 PM

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California (AP) -- A U.S. military weather satellite has been launched from California.

An Atlas V rocket carrying the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-19 spacecraft blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:46 a.m. PDT (1446 GMT) Thursday, headed for a polar orbit.

United Launch Alliance webcast commentator Matt Donovan says the satellite later successfully separated from the rocket's upper stage.

The Air Force says the program's satellites have been the primary provider of terrestrial and space weather information to the U.S. military for 50 years.

The satellite was built by Lockheed Martin.

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