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They're off! More than 50 satellites launched into orbit from Central Coast

A split image of Friday's Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base. On the left, the first stage booster lands on a barge off of Baja California. On the right, the second stage boosts the satellites into orbit.

Launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base visible throughout Tri-Counties.

It was a spectacular sight seen throughout much of the Tri-Counties.

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base Friday morning, carrying 51 small communications satellites into orbit.

It was the fourth try for the launch. It was delayed twice earlier this week due to weather, and then a third time because the SpaceX team was busy with another launch in Florida.

With weather conditions mostly clear, people reported seeing the 10:38 a.m. launch throughout the region. The payload was 51 small Starlink communications satellites, which are part of a growing global network intended to provide internet service to underserved parts of the world.

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.