updated 5/5/2009 7:09:14 PM ET 2009-05-05T23:09:14

Department of Defense officials say an experimental satellite for the U.S. missile defense program has been launched.

A Delta 2 rocket carrying the satellite lifted off Tuesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast.

Rick Lehner, a spokesman for the Missile Defense Agency, says the satellite is equipped with experimental sensors designed to detect, track and provide targeting information on missiles.

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