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Final Countdown Begins For First-Ever Rocket Launch By Texas Company From Central Coast

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Texas-based Firefly Aerospace is planning to launch its new Alpha rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base Thursday night.

Firefly Alpha rocket intends to provide low-cost launches for smaller payloads.

It's a "go" for the planned launch of a new type of rocket from the Central Coast Thursday night. Texas-based Firefly Aerospace is planning to launch its Alpha rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

It's a nearly 100 foot tall rocket intended to carry smaller payloads into orbit at lower than traditional costs. It can carry a payload of a little over a ton. The average launch cost is estimated to be around $15 million dollars.

The four hour window for the test launch opens at 6 p.m. PST. It's not carrying a traditional payload. For the test, it's taking memorabilia from schools into orbit.

Live stream of the launch.