A last-of-its-kind liftoff delivered the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s NOAA-N Prime polar-orbiting weather satellite to space Feb. 6 from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Launch of the 3,130-lb. Lockheed Martin spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance Delta II 7320-10C from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex-2W came at 2:22 a.m. PDT. The rocket hit its orbital targets, and the spacecraft extended its solar array and powered up properly, launch officials report. After a 21-day ...

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