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It's off! Satellites finally launched into orbit from Central Coast after series of delays


SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries two Earth observation satellites into orbit.

It was a rocket launch from the Central Coast which has been in the works for more than a year.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 11:36 Thursday morning, carrying two Earth observation satellites into orbit.

The rocket carried a pair of Maxar WorldView Legion satellites. The satellites will be part of a network of six satellites which will be used for everything from national security to environmental monitoring, and research.

The reusable first stage booster landed back at the base. The launch was originally planned for last year, but was delayed several times for various reasons.

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.