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SpaceX announces new launch date for Falcon 9 from Vandenberg AFB

Posted at 8:56 PM, Nov 26, 2018

UPDATE (8:45 p.m.) – Vandenberg announced the launch window for a Falcon 9 rocket launch out of the base.

The rocket is scheduled to lift off at 10:31 a.m. Wednesday. Several small satellites will be placed into orbit as part of the SSO-A mission.

Base officials say if the sky is clear, people will be able to see a bright orange flame from the rocket’s first stage as far away as King City, Delano, Simi Valley, and coastal Los Angeles.

SpaceX has set a new date for the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The launch was first set for Nov. 19 but was postponed so that additional pre-flight inspections could be done.

SpaceX announced over the weekend the launch is now set for Wednesday. Base officials said the launch window has not yet been officially announced.

When the rocket launches, it will carry the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express into space.

The SSO-A:SmallSat Express is being called the largest single ride share mission from a U.S. Based launch vehicle. It will have 15 microsats and 49 CubeSats from commercial and government groups and will deliver them to a low-Earth orbit.