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SpaceX rocket launch at Vandenberg Space Force Base now set for late Wednesday afternoon

Posted at 11:02 AM, Oct 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-04 22:54:04-04

SpaceX is targeting late Wednesday afternoon for a Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

The launch was originally scheduled for Monday, Oct. 3, but SpaceX postponed it, citing the need for more time to conduct pre-launch checks.

A backup time of 4:48 p.m. on Tuesday was also scrubbed.

The launch is now scheduled to take place at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, following a SpaceX launch earlier in the day in Florida.

The Falcon 9 rocket that's set to launch from Vandenberg will carry 52 Starlink satellites into orbit. Starlink is SpaceX's high-speed broadband satellite internet service designed to reach rural and remote communities.

About eight minutes after liftoff, SpaceX will attempt to land the rocket's first stage booster on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed in the Pacific Ocean, so it can potentially be used again. The booster being used in this launch was used in four previous missions.

A live webcast of the launch is scheduled to begin about five minutes before liftoff.