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Atlas V launch delay extended to no earlier than Aug. 14

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload has been further delayed to no earlier than Aug. 14 here to provide additional time for resolution of a range instrumentation issue that developed during the initial launch attempt Aug 2.

"The instrumentation currently experiencing issues is a mandatory range asset critical to public safety," said Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander and Launch Decision Authority for this launch. "As operators of America's West Coast spaceport, public safety is Vandenberg's top priority during launch operations, which is why we are taking this time to ensure our range instrumentation is ready to support a safe and successful launch."

There are no issues with the Atlas V vehicle or the NROL-36 space vehicle.
The rocket is slated to launch from Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex-3.