VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A rocket carrying a satellite for civilian and military use successfully blasted off Saturday.

The Delta II rocket was carrying the Thales Alenia-Space COSMO-SkyMed 2 satellite, Vandenberg Air Force Base said in a statement.

Air Force Col. Steve Tanous, who oversaw the launch, said it was the second time this year a satellite of this type was launched from Vandenberg.

The satellite will be used to observe the Earth. No further details were provided.