SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket after series of delays

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
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VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. (KABC) -- After a series of delays, SpaceX launched 22 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit Tuesday from a California base.

Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket was 4:35 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in Santa Barbara County.

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A launch attempt Sunday night was called off due to weather.

This is the 16th flight for the first-stage booster, according to SpaceX. The booster landed, as planned, on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which is stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

The Starlink satellites were deployed at 5:38 p.m., according to SpaceX.

No matter when a rocket launches from Vandenberg, it's always quite a show for those watching on the ground.

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