SpaceX rocket takes flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base

High winds blamed for delay

SpaceX rocket launch seen across California


A SpaceX rocket took to the skies Thursday morning following three delays over the past week.

The Falcon-9 rocket carried a PAZ payload from Space Launch Complex-4 on Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:17 a.m. PST Thursday, officials said.

"This launch was a testament to the hard work of Team Vandenberg, SpaceX and Spain," said Col. Greg Wood, 20th Space Wing Vice Commander. "I am proud of everyone involved that continues to pave the way for our nation's access to space."

According to reports, the satellites carried by the Falcon-9 rocket are designed to test the technology the company plans to use for its high-speed internet service for rural communities in the United States and around the world.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will reportedly speak about the launch sometime Thursday.



A SpaceX rocket launch has been delayed due to high winds, according to the aerospace company.

The Falcon-9 rocket carrying a PAZ satellite and two other demonstration satellites designed to further the company's efforts to provide internet to rural communities has been pushed to Thursday morning at 6:17 a.m., the company said.

The rocket was originally supposed to launch Wednesday morning after it was delayed on both Saturday and Sunday.

The last time SpaceX launched a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base was in late December, sending social media into a frenzy after the rocket streaked across the sky for spectators in Southern California and Arizona.

KEYT News Channel 3nand KCOY-12 Central Coast News will carry the launch live.

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