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All set for liftoff: SpaceX planning Falcon 9 launch from Central Coast

A past Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Rocket has payload of more than 50 small communications satellites.

A planned rocket launch from the Central Coast that’s been postponed three times is now set for Friday morning.

SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 51 small communications satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 10:38 a.m.

The launch was postponed twice earlier this week by bad weather, and then a third time because the company was busy with another launch from Florida.

Plans call for the reusable first stage booster to land on a barge off the Baja California coast. If the weather permits, the SpaceX launch should be visible throughout much of the Tri-Counties.

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.