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Planned Rocket Launch From Central Coast Postponed

(SpaceX Photo)
A Falcon-9 rocket in Florida similar to the one being prepared for launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base

A satellite launch originally planned for the Central Coast this month is being pushed back into the New Year.

SpaceX was planning to launch a cluster of small satellites December 16th from Vandenberg Air Force Base. In the wake of a Falcon 9 rocket being destroyed on its launch plan in Florida in September, SpaceX is delaying the Vandenberg launch as it continues efforts to try to pinpoint exactly what went wrong. A specific new launch date hasn’t been set yet.

The Iridum Next satellites being prepared for launch at the base are part of a network to improve wireless communication across the globe.

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. 
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