The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY LIND­SEY HOLDEN [email protected]­bune­

A SpaceX rocket launched from Van­den­berg Air Force Base car­ries 10 satel­lites into or­bit.

Early-bird Cen­tral Coast res­i­dents were likely able to catch a glimpse of a SpaceX rocket launch Fri­day morn­ing.

A Fal­con 9 rocket launched as planned from Van­den­berg Air Force at about 7:30 a.m., ac­cord­ing to a SpaceX tweet.

The rocket car­ried 10 Irid­ium com­mer­cial satel­lites into or­bit — the eighth and fi­nal set in a se­ries of 75 SpaceX has launched as part of its Irid­ium-8 mis­sion, ac­cord­ing to the SpaceX web­site.

The de­vices are part of Irid­ium’s cam­paign to “re­place the world’s largest com­mer­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion satel­lite net­work,” ac­cord­ing to a com­pany press kit.

The launch on Fri­day went off with­out a hitch af­ter it was de­layed in De­cem­ber, when SpaceX needed more time to pre­pare and pushed it back un­til Jan­uary.

The next launch win­dow was planned for Wed­nes­day and then resched­uled for Fri­day.

The Fal­con 9 mis­sion is sep­a­rate from that of the Delta IV Heavy rocket, which was also to be launched from Van­den­berg in De­cem­ber.

United Launch Al­liance was to launch that rocket, which was sched­uled to carry a top-se­cret na­tional se­cu­rity pay­load for the Na­tional Re­con­nais­sance Of­fice, a De­fense Depart­ment in­tel­li­gence agency.

A new Delta IV Heavy launch date remains un­der re­view pend­ing the re­sults of ad­di­tional test­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion, fol­low @SpaceX on Twit­ter or visit spacex. com/we­b­cast to watch the Fal­con 9 rocket carry out its mis­sion.

DAVID MIDDLECAMP dmid­dle­[email protected]­bune­

SpaceX launched its Fal­con 9 rocket from Van­den­berg Air Force Base near Lom­poc on Fri­day af­ter weather de­lays. The rocket car­ried Irid­ium 8 satel­lites into or­bit. United Air­lines flight 5656 lands in San Luis Obispo as the rocket takes to the sky.

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