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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.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.