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WATCH: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket at Vandenberg Space Force Base

Posted at 10:22 AM, Jul 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-22 14:20:24-04

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 10:39 a.m. on Friday, July 22, 2022.


The rocket is delivering 46 Starlink satellites into orbit.

Starlink is SpaceX's high-speed broadband satellite internet service designed to reach rural and remote communities.

Following stage separation, SpaceX also successfully landed the rocket's first stage booster on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

The same booster was previously used to launch the NROL-87, NROL-85, and SARah-1 missions.

Friday's launch was originally scheduled for Thursday but was delayed just 46 seconds before liftoff. According to SpaceX, computers identified an "off-nominal reading" from one of the engines and the countdown was stopped automatically. Engineers have since investigated and resolved the issue.