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Up, Up And Away! Rocket Successfully Lifts Satellites Into Orbit From Central Coast

The second stage booster on Monday night's rocket launch from the Central Coast

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries payload of 51 small satellites.

It was a spectacular sight Monday visible along much of the Central and South Coasts.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 8:55 p.m., carrying a payload of 51 small satellites into orbit. The satellites are part of a network intended to provide high speed internet access to remote areas of the planet.

A few minutes after liftoff, the reusable booster rocket successfully landed on a barge in the Pacific Ocean. It's the tenth time that this specific booster has been used for a flight, reinforcing the reliability of the Falcon 9 rockets.

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.