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Some communications satellites are now in orbit after they were successfully launched from the Central Coast early this morning.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 4:39 Wednesday morning.

(Image courtesy Iridium)

It’s still a go as of right now for an early morning Wednesday rocket launch from Santa Barbara County. SpaceX is planning to launch one of its Falcon 9 rockets from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in the seventh in a series of flights to put a series of new communications satellites in orbit.


Some South Coast researchers are trying to figure out something you’ve probably never thought about, and are reaching into space to find answers. How does sediment in waterways and oceans move, and come together? An experiment designed by some UC Santa Barbara researchers to look at that question was onboard a rocket launched from Florida Friday morning, carrying a payload of supplies to the International Space Station.

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A rocket launched from the Central Coast Friday morning successfully deployed some communications satellites into orbit.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base just after 7 Friday morning.  The rocket lifted 10 Iridium communications satellites into orbit.  They are part of a network of what will eventually be 75 satellites providing next generation communications capabilities.

A rocket launch from the Central Coast is getting delayed once again.

SpaceX was originally planning to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying satellites from Vandenberg Air Force just after 6 a.m. on Saturday.  It was pushed back to Sunday morning after officials wanted more time for pre-launch system checks. Then, it was postponed to Wednesday for additional time to perform final checkouts.  

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An earth-imaging satellite was successfully launched from the Central Coast Thursday morning.

SpaceX launched the FORMOSAT-5 satellite into a low earth orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The 11:51 a.m. launch of the Falcon 9 rocket went off without a hitch, and the earth imaging satellite for Taiwan’s space agency was successfully deployed.

The icing on the cake for the company was that the booster landed as planned on a barge in the Pacific Ocean for reuse. It’s the fifth successful Falcon 9 mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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The final countdown is on for the planned liftoff of a rocket carrying an earth-imaging satellite into space from Santa Barbara County.

A commercial rocket is set to lift a Taiwanese satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base midday Thursday.

(SpaceX Photo)

A satellite launch originally planned for the Central Coast this month is being pushed back into the New Year.

SpaceX was planning to launch a cluster of small satellites December 16th from Vandenberg Air Force Base. In the wake of a Falcon 9 rocket being destroyed on its launch plan in Florida in September, SpaceX is delaying the Vandenberg launch as it continues efforts to try to pinpoint exactly what went wrong. A specific new launch date hasn’t been set yet.