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SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base

Heavy fog did not deter launch

SpaceX rocket launch booster reentry...

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - UPDATE: June 12, 2019 at 7:17 a.m.

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base Wednesday morning.

The rocket launched at 7:17 a.m. despite foggy conditions. The rocket's booster detached and then successfully landed at Landing Zone 4 eight minutes after launch.

Several spectators from the Hawk's Nest reported hearing a loud sonic boom.

"Access to space is vital for space superiority," said Reeves. "Team V remains diligent in its efforts to provide robust range capabilities in a safe and efficient manner so our mission partners, like SpaceX, continue to have unfettered access to space. This mission highlights, yet again, our capabilities as a spaceport for the nation," said Col. Bob Reeves, 30th Space Wing Vice Commander.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base Wednesday morning.

The rocket will be carrying a payload of satellites as part of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission.

The window for launch begins at 7:17 a.m.

The rocket launch may be visible to some people living near VAFB. The first stage will feature multiple engine burns as it returns to land at the base.

People who live in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties may hear sonic booms associated with the launch. Sonic booms can sound like an explosion or thunder. 

The public can watch the launch from the Hawk's Nest on Azalea Lane off of Highway 1, south of the base's main gate. It will open at 6 a.m. and close after the landing of the first stage.

To keep up to date with future launches and events at Vandenberg Air Force Base, visit their Facebook page

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