Vandenberg Air Force Base is scheduled to launch a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 on Wednesday, with a launch window opening at 3:39 a.m. PDT.

Col. J. Christopher Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, will be the launch decision authority.

“We are excited and ready to take on our first Delta launch of 2016," Moss said. “We are proud to showcase this national capability, and everyone involved has been working tirelessly to ensure this launch is a safe and successful one."

Vandenberg’s 4th Space Launch Squadron was in final launch preparations with Vandenberg’s mission partners from ULA, the Aerospace Corp. and the National Reconnaissance Office, a base spokesman said this afternoon.

"A launch like this takes teamwork and dedication," said Lt. Col. Eric Zarybnisky, 4th Space Launch Squadron commander.

"Our mission assurance technicians and engineers have worked hand-in-hand with United Launch Alliance, going over critical procedures and tasks to certify this launch is secure," Zarybnisky said.

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