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Whee! Rocket carrying dozens of satellites successfully lifts off from Central Coast

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base Sunday night, carrying dozens of small satellites into orbit.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries 46 Starlink satellites into orbit.

Maybe you saw it. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully took off from Vandenberg Space Force Base Sunday night, carrying dozens of satellites into orbit.

The rocket lifted off as planned at 6:39 p.m. It was carrying 46 Starlink satellites, part of a global network being set up to provide internet service to underserved parts of the world.

The reusable booster successfully landed on a barge off the West Coast.

It marks the 29th Starlink launch mission of the year for SpaceX. In addition to the communication satellites, the SpaceX rocket also carried the Earth-observation satellite Sentinel-6 into orbit.

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.