Friday’s scheduled launch of a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base has been delayed, base officials announced Monday evening.
The United Launch Alliance rocket had been set to carry the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 into orbit for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The launch was delayed “in order to replace a faulty battery on the Delta II booster,” according to a statement released Monday by VAFB public affairs.
No specific makeup date was provided, but VAFB reported that the mission will take place no earlier than Nov. 14.
“The vehicle and spacecraft remain stable,” read a portion of Monday’s statement.
The Joint Polar Satellite System is the nation’s advanced series of polar-orbiting environmental satellites.
The system, according to the Air Force, represents “significant technological and scientific advancements in observations used for severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring. These data are critical to the timeliness and accuracy of forecasts three to seven days in advance of a severe weather event.”