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High winds force second launch delay for NOAA weather probe

For the second straight night, remarkably gusty winds dogging California’s Central Coast have caused space officials to postpone launching a civilian weather satellite atop a Boeing Delta 2 rocket.

The evening’s blustery conditions with 30-knot gusts were unacceptable for retracting the mobile service tower enclosing the rocket on the Space Launch Complex-2 West pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Engineers have strict criteria that prevent the tower from being wheeled away from the Delta booster if winds approach the 29-knot limit.