Falcon 9 rocket launch provides spectacular view in Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
SpaceX's Falcon 9, a rocket carrying satellites, launched shortly before 5:30 p.m. Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the coast.
The spectacular event could be witnessed from Highway 99 south of Bakersfield, about 140 miles from the launch point.
The Falcon 9 delivered 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit for Iridium, a global satellite communications company. The Friday evening launch marked SpaceX's 18th successful mission, the most it has ever conducted in a single year.
The Friday launch also marks the fourth delivery SpaceX has made for Iridium's next-generation global satellite constellation, NEXT.
When complete, the constellation will consist of 75 satellites providing full global communications coverage.