First West Coast SpaceX booster landing delayed

Posted at 4:09 PM, Oct 03, 2018

Central Coast residents will have to hold off one day to see the first-ever West Coast SpaceX booster landing happen as the launch will be rescheduled to Sunday, Oct. 7.

SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket at  Vandenberg Air Force Center and then attempt a booster landing, but the first West Coast landing will no longer happen on Saturday as previously stated. The event is now scheduled for Sunday evening at 7:21 p.m. PDT.

The base says the delay is due to pre-flight vehicle checkouts, according to a press release sent out on Wednesday. Both the rocket and payload are healthy at this time.

SpaceX has completed a total of 29 booster landings since the company’s launch of the program. Booster landings are utilized in order to reuse and resource parts of the rockets to reduce spending on space travel and discovery.

People can still head to the Hawk’s Nest area near VAFB to view the launch on Sunday. More locations for public viewing can be found on the 30th Space Wing Facebook page.