By CBSLA Staff

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (CBSLA) —  A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launched successfully from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:46 p.m. Monday

The NROL-82 mission had been preparing for Monday’s launch since Friday. The rocket lifted off at 1:47 p.m. time from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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As of Sunday night, the weather was considered 40% a go. However, the storm that moved through the region Sunday night has largely cleared up and the weather was deemed favorable for a launch.

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A live launch webcast started 20 minutes before liftoff. Launches from the Lompoc-area base have occasionally been visible from Los Angeles. According to ULA, Monday’s launch may be visible as far south as San Diego, so people interested in seeing the rocket rise into the sky should look to the northwest at liftoff.

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Monday’s launch was  the 13th Delta IV Heavy and the 9th Heavy for the National Reconnaissance Office.