The West Coast’s last Atlas V rocket launch will now aim for Nov. 10 after its departure was delayed last week, mission managers confirmed Thursday.

The United Launch Alliance booster’s liftoff will target 1:25 a.m. Nov. 10 from Space Launch Complex-3 on south Vandenberg Space Force Base. 

Plans for the Nov. 1 blastoff were scrapped due to a battery issue, ULA officials said Saturday.

“A faulty battery on the Centaur upper stage of the Atlas V rocket delayed the launch. Technicians have activated a replacement and will exchange and retest the battery, clearing the way for the launch to proceed,” NASA officials said Thursday. 

At the time officials said the launch would not occur earlier than Nov. 8.

The Nov. 10 launch time has moved 60 minutes earlier due to the Daylight Saving Time switch this weekend, with clocks falling back one hour on Sunday

Rocket launch times are established by where a satellite needs to be placed in space. 

Both satellites awaiting their ride into space remain healthy, NASA said Thursday.

Atlas will deliver the next in the series of weather satellites, the Joint Polar Satellite System or JPSS-2 for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

It’s the third in the series of five new weather satellites designed to deliver critical data for forecasts into the 2030s. 

Upon reaching orbit, the craft will be dubbed NOAA-21.

Also hitching a ride will be NASA’s Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator, or LOFTID.

The inflatable heat shield will aim to demonstrate technology for atmospheric entry and re-entry with possible future use for crewed and large robotic missions to destinations such as Mars, Venus, Titan, as well as returning heavier payloads to Earth, according to NASA.

While JPSS will operate for years, LOFTID’s mission will be done within hours of launch.

LOFTID, about 20 feet in diameter, is set to splash down about 500 miles off the coast of Hawaii, where a team aboard a ship hopes to recover it. In addition analyzing the structure, they also will review data from the flight.

NASA and ULA dedicated the LOFTID mission in honor of Bernard Kutter, manager of advanced programs at ULA, who died in August 2020. Kutter advocated for more lower cost access to space and the technologies that could make it a reality. 

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Janene Scully | Noozhawk North County Editor

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com.