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Rocket carrying nearly four dozen satellites successfully launched into orbit from Central Coast

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from the Central Coast Tuesday night, carrying 46 small satellites.

A rocket carrying nearly four dozen small satellites into orbit was successfully launched from the Central Coast Tuesday night.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 10:40 p.m.

The launch was visible on parts of the Central and South Coasts.

The rocket carried 46 Starlink satellites into orbit. They are part of a network of satellites intended to provide internet service to remote areas of the world.

The reusable first stage booster successfully landed back on a drone ship off the West Coast, completing its seventh flight.

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.