• This photo released by the U.S. Air Force shows a wildfire burning at a central California Air Force base on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, that forced the postponement of a satellite launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. An Atlas 5 rocket was to carry a satellite known as WorldView-4 into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The satellite is designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space. The fire burning in a remote canyon didn't immediately threaten the space launch complex, Col. Paul Nosek said on the base's Facebook page. Nearly 800 firefighters were trying to corral the fire that was slightly less than a square mile in size. No new date was set for the launch, Lt. William Collette said. (Col. Michael Wulfestieg/U.S. Air Force via AP)

    This photo released by the U.S. Air Force shows a wildfire burning at a central California Air Force base on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, that forced the postponement of a satellite launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. An Atlas 5 rocket was to ... carry a satellite known as WorldView-4 into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The satellite is designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space. The fire burning in a remote canyon didn't immediately threaten the space launch complex, Col. Paul Nosek said on the base's Facebook page. Nearly 800 firefighters were trying to corral the fire that was slightly less than a square mile in size. No new date was set for the launch, Lt. William Collette said. (Col. Michael Wulfestieg/U.S. Air Force via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by the U.S. Air Force shows a wildfire burning at a central California Air Force base on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, that forced the postponement of a satellite launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. An Atlas 5 rocket was to carry a satellite known as WorldView-4 into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The satellite is designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space. The fire burning in a remote canyon didn't immediately threaten the space launch complex, Col. Paul Nosek said on the base's Facebook page. Nearly 800 firefighters were trying to corral the fire that was slightly less than a square mile in size. No new date was set for the launch, Lt. William Collette said. (Michael Peterson/U.S. Air Force Photo/Released via AP)

    In this photo released by the U.S. Air Force shows a wildfire burning at a central California Air Force base on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, that forced the postponement of a satellite launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. An Atlas 5 rocket was to ... carry a satellite known as WorldView-4 into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The satellite is designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space. The fire burning in a remote canyon didn't immediately threaten the space launch complex, Col. Paul Nosek said on the base's Facebook page. Nearly 800 firefighters were trying to corral the fire that was slightly less than a square mile in size. No new date was set for the launch, Lt. William Collette said. (Michael Peterson/U.S. Air Force Photo/Released via AP) (The Associated Press)

Air Force base wildfire postpones hi-res satellite launch

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A wildfire burning at a central California Air Force base on Sunday forced the postponement of a satellite launch, officials said.

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An Atlas 5 rocket was to carry a satellite known as WorldView-4 into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The satellite is designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space.

The fire burning in a remote canyon didn't immediately threaten the space launch complex, Col. Paul Nosek said on the base's Facebook page. But he said firefighters needed to be redeployed from stand-by at the launch because of the blaze.

Nearly 800 firefighters were trying to corral the fire that was slightly less than a square mile in size.

No new date was set for the launch, Lt. William Collette said.

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.

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The satellite is designed to spot the make of a car from nearly 400 miles above Earth.