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Air Force Delays Debris Satellite Launch

July 7, 2010

The launch of a new U.S. Air Force space surveillance satellite has been delayed due to software malfunctions.

The satellite was scheduled to lift off Thursday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Air Force officials said Tuesday that tests revealed a software problem on another Minotaur IV rocket.  No other details have been released.

The satellite is designed to give the Air Force its first satellite designed to keep an eye of debris in Earth orbit. 

About 1,000 active satellites and 20,000 pieces of debris are monitored by the Air Force for possible collisions.

The new launch date for the satellite has not yet been announced.

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