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SpaceX launch sets off show over California skies

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After a handful of postponements, Hawthorne-based SpaceX enjoyed a successful launch Monday, April 1, of a Falcon 9 carrying 22 Starlink satellites at Vandenberg Space Force Base in Santa Barbara County.

The rocket lifted off at 7:30 p.m., marking the 15th flight for the mission’s first-stage booster, which returned to Earth and landed successfully on SpaceX’s Of Course I Still Love You drone ship, stationed offshore.

The trail of the rocket could seen in the sunset skies around Southern California, including over Dodger Stadium where the Blue Crew’s game with the San Francisco Giants was just starting.

The launch was originally scheduled Thursday but the mission was postponed multiple times amid dicey weather in the West.

Satellites from Starlink, a SpaceX-owned subsidiary, deliver broadband internet using a low Earth orbit, company officials said.

SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft, helmed at its headquarters in the South Bay. The company was founded in 2002 by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, who also owns the Tesla electric vehicle company and the social media site X, formerly Twitter.

Meanwhile, over the weekend, SpaceX successfully launched two Falcon 9 rockets from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A Falcon 9 launched the Eutelsat36D satellite at 5:52 p.m. on Saturday evening. Soon after the launch, the booster returned to the Just Read the Instructions drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

Just under four hours later, a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 23 Starlink satellites was launched from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Launch Complex at 9:30 p.m. The satellites we deployed successfully.



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