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Scrubbed! Technical concern cancels planned rocket launch from Central Coast

SpaceX launched dozens of satellites earlier this month, and now says most of them were impacted by a geomagnetic storm.
An earlier SpaceX launch. The company is hoping a Falcon 9 launch scrubbed on Thursday morning from Vandenberg Space Force base will take place Friday morning.

SpaceX will try Falcon 9 launch again Friday morning.

A planned rocket launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base was scrubbed less than a minute before planned takeoff Thursday morning.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 46 small communications satellites was set to lift off at 10:39 a.m. The launch team put a hold on the flight 46 seconds before the planned liftoff. They were unable to resolve it in time to stay within the launch window.

The cause of the hold wasn't announced, but SpaceX officials say the rocket, and payload are okay and ready to go for a Friday morning launch. It would take place at the same time, 10:39 a.m.

The payload is 46 Starlink satellites, part of what's intended to be a global network of thousands of them in low earth orbit to improve internet communications around the planet.

If the launch goes as planned, it would be the 32nd of the year for SpaceX, topping 2021's all-time record of 31. SpaceX has four launches planned for Vandenberg in a one month period, with one down and three to go.

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.