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SpaceX launch set for Saturday morning at Vandenberg

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A previous SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch that happened in October 2017. (KSBY File Photo) A previous SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch that happened in October 2017. (KSBY File Photo)

The first West Coast SpaceX launch of the year is scheduled to happen Saturday morning at Vandenberg Air Force Base. 

The PAZ satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4 will take off at 6:17 a.m. 

"The 30th Space Wing is ready to support the first West Coast SpaceX launch of 2018," said Col. Greg Wood, 30th Space Wing vice commander. "Each launch marks the culmination of hard work and dedication of Team V. We are excited to support this mission as we continue to provide safe, secure access to polar orbit.

According to Vandenberg, the PAZ satellite will be launched for Hisdesat of Madrid, Spain -- the the Spanish government satellite services company -- carrying a radar imaging payload to collect views of Earth for government and commercial customers, along with ship tracking and weather sensors. 

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