Wow! A mysterious rocket launch from the Central Coast creates a spectacular show at dusk
It was a military mission designed to test the ability to launch a payload into space on short notice.
Maybe you saw it. A rocket launch from the Central Coast at dusk Thursday night was seen as far away as Arizona.
A Firefly Aerospace Alpha rocket took off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 7:28 p.m.
People reported seeing it as far away as San Diego, and Phoenix.
Details of the launch weren't released. But, the company said that it had a rocket standing by at the base for a Defense Department test to see how quickly a payload could be prepared for launch, and then launched.
It's only the third flight of one of the two-stage Alpha rockets. The first was a failure, and the second didn't get its payload into a full low earth orbit as planned.