SpaceX rocket launch causes confusion, panic Friday evening

24 December, 2017, 02:49 | Author: Irene Delgado

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket as seen over Menifee.

Multiple local law enforcement agencies have confirmed the flash of light was from the rocket launch, which blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base along California's Central Coast.

The commotion itself was SpaceX launching its Falcon 9 rocket out of Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday evening. The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from coastal Vandenberg AFB shortly before 5:30 p.m. PST. When one Twitter user mentioned Friday night that the rocket launch sparked an "alien debate" among his family members, Musk weighed into the dispute. It was carrying Iridium-4, a package of 10 Iridum communications satellites created to be part of a 81-satellite constellation that'll hover in low earth orbit to deliver data and voice communications.

Iridium has acquired healthy signals from all 10 satellites, SpaceX reported via Twitter.

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The satellites will be part of a constellation operated by Iridium Communications.

This is the fourth Iridium mission consisting of 10 satellites on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The Falcon 9 rocket was carrying 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit, according to the Los Angeles Times. SpaceX plans to have all 75 satellites launched into orbit by mid-2018.

"In a historic first, upon completion this system will provide air traffic control organizations and aircraft operators that purchase the service with real-time, global visibility of ADS-B equipped aircraft".

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