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Will the third... no, the fourth time for Central Coast rocket launch be a charm? It's a go for Friday.

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Firefly Aerospace has a Friday morning launch window for its Alpha rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Firefly Aerospace hoping to test launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base early Friday morning.

A rocket launch planned for the Central Coast is back on again, after being postponed for nearly a month.

Firefly Aerospace is hoping to launch its nearly 100 foot tall Alpha rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base early Friday morning. There’s a 12:01 a.m. to 2 a.m. launch window. If there is a problem, there’s a second window early Saturday morning.

Firefly launched one of its new Alpha rockets for the first time last year. But, an unplanned engine shutdown just after takeoff destabilized the rocket, forcing launch control to trigger its destruction.

The second launch was initially delayed earlier this month because of a minor technical issue. Then, its flight was postponed two other times because of weather issues. If all goes as planned on Friday, the Alpha rocket will take some small educational satellites into a low earth 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.