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SpaceX set to launch 20 communications satellites from Central Coast


Reusable first stage booster set to land on barge off of West Coast.

The final countdown is underway for a rare morning rocket launch from the Central Coast.

SpaceX is planning to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base Tuesday morning, with a payload of 20 communication satellites.

The launch is set for 9:29 a.m. Plans call for the reusable first stage booster to land on a barge off the West Coast.

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.