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Satellite Launch A Go From Central Coast

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A rocket launch planned for the Central Coast this weekend is a “go” as of now.

A SpaceX rocket is scheduled to lift off at 9:54 a.m. Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying an Iridium NEXT satellite. It’s part of a network intended to improve global communications.

Plans call for more than 80 of the Iridum NEXT satellites to be placed in a low earth orbit, to replace an existing network. If the weather is clear enough, the launch should be visible throughout the Central and South Coasts.