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Up, up and away! SpaceX successfully launches rocket from Central Coast

SpaceX launched a rocket carrying 52 communications satellites into orbit from the Central Coast Friday afternoon.

It was a spectacular sight.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from the Central Coast Friday afternoon, lifting 52 small communications satellites into orbit.

The 12:26 p.m. launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base was visible throughout the region. The reusable first stage booster successfully landed on a barge in the ocean off of Baja California.

The Falcon 9 rocket liftoff took place at 12:26 p.m. Friday.

The launch was one in a series to add to a orbital network of small communications satellites to improve 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.