HAWTHORNE, Calif. - 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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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.