SpaceX scrubs Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg AFB, will try again Thursday

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Citing strong winds, SpaceX postponed the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket that had been scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County.

Citing strong winds, SpaceX postponed the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket that had been scheduled for Wednesday morning at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County.

The company says it will try again at 6:17 a.m. Thursday.

The rocket's payload includes two test satellites "for global broadband," according to SpaceX founder Elon Musk. "If successful, Starlink constellation will serve least served," he tweeted.
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SpaceX's big new rocket blasted off Tuesday on its first test flight, carrying a red sports car aiming for an endless road trip past Mars.


Referring to the effect of Wednesday's winds on the rocket, Musk added: "Small, but better to be paranoid."

The planned launch has generated much anticipation among Southland residents, many of whom witnessed a spectacle on Dec. 22 when a Falcon 9 lifted off shortly after sunset. The rocket left an expanding plume in its wake that was brilliantly illuminated by sunlight.

A livestream of Thursday's takeoff can be seen on ABC7.com.
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