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Air Force Base Wildfire Postpones Hi-Res Satellite Launch

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(AP) - An Air Force official says a wildfire burning at a Central California base has forced the postponement of a satellite launch.

Lt. William Collette said the fire burning Sunday at Vandenberg Air Force Base had scrubbed the planned rocket launch.

The rocket was to carry a satellite known as WorldView-4 into orbit. The satellite is designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space.

Collette says there's no new date for the Atlas 5 rocket launch.

WorldView-4 is the latest in a series of imaging satellites built by Lockheed Martin. It is operated by Colorado-based DigitalGlobe, which provides images for government and private customers.

Officials say the satellite will be able to spot the make of a car from nearly 400 miles above Earth.