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Planned rocket launch from Central Coast postponed for third time

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A planned Firefly Aerospace rocket launch from the Central Coast has been postponed for a third time.

Weather pushing back flight from Vandenberg Space Force Base for at least 10 days.

A planned rocket launch from the Central Coast has been postponed for the third time. Firefly Aerospace had been hoping to launch its new Alpha rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base early Monday morning.

Launch plans were scrubbed because of the storm passing through the Tri-Counties. Firefly officials say the rocket was ready to go. The next possible launch date is September 29.

The Alpha rocket is nearly 100 feet tall. It’s designed to place small satellites into low Earth orbit.

The launch was cancelled two week ago because of a minor issue with the rocket, and then a second time because of weather. Last year, the first ever attempted flight of an Alpha rocket ended in failure. One of the engines shut down just after takeoff, and the loss of control forced the flight team to blow up the rocket.

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.