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SpaceX to launch rocket from Vandenberg AFB on Monday

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Vandenberg Air Force Base and SpaceX are scheduled to launch a rocket on Monday, the base announced Tuesday.

The launch is scheduled for 5:37 a.m. Monday, October 9.

The rocket launch is part of the third Iridium mission consisting of 10 satellites on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4.

The space launch commander says teamwork is the key to a successful launch.

"Our mission is to provide assured access to space and to do it safely and securely. We can't accomplish this without great mission partners like
SpaceX," said Col. Michael S. Hough, 30th Space Wing commander. "SpaceX's and 30 SW's ever present 'can-do-attitude' and job pride will be on display for the Iridium-3 launch."

Vandenberg AFB officials say a favorite local viewing spot will be off-limits for this launch. The Hawk's Nest on Highway 1 south of the base's main gate will not be open due to the early-morning launch time, VAFB said in a statement.

Click here to watch the launch live. 

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on August 24, 2017. (photo courtesy SpaceX)

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