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Planned rocket launch from Central Coast scrubbed for second day in a row

Firefly Aerospace
Efforts to launch an Alpha rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base have been scrubbed for the second day in a row.

Plans to launch a rocket from the Central Coast have been cancelled for the second day in a row. Firefly Aerospace hoped to launch its nearly 100 foot tall Alpha rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base Sunday afternoon.

But, the launch was cancelled due to bad weather. On Sunday, it was scrubbed due to a chemical pressure issue. The next potential launch dates are September 19 and 20.

The rocket is designed as a low-cost way of putting small satellites into a low earth orbit.

The company is hoping for its first successful launch. The first effort to launch one of the Alpha rockets into space in September of 2021 ended in failure. One of the booster engines shut down just after takeoff, destabilizing the flight and forcing the flight crew to destroy the rocket in 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.