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WATCH: Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg SFB

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Posted at 10:56 AM, Feb 02, 2022

UPDATE (12:38 p.m.) - SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base early Wednesday afternoon and landed the rocket's first stage booster back on land just a few minutes later.

This was the first flight and landing for this particular booster. SpaceX plans to reuse it for a future NRO mission later this year.

Wednesday's launch was the first-ever National Security Space Launch via a Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

UPDATE (11:44 a.m.) - Launch time has been rescheduled to 12:27 p.m.



(10:56 a.m.) - SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Wednesday.

The rocket is set to lift off at 12:18 p.m. and will carry a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

If the launch is scrubbed for any reason, there is a backup launch opportunity on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 12:18 p.m.

Following stage separation, SpaceX will aim to land the rocket's first stage booster on Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, so it can be used again.

A live webcast of the launch will begin about 15 minutes prior to liftoff.