Stunning SpaceX Rocket Launch as Seen From Around Southern California

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket as seen over Menifee. Shanda Wilson Adkins

The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying the latest batch of satellites for Iridium Communications.

The Los Angeles Fire Department sought to quell any fears among Southern California residents with a statement saying that a "mysterious light in the sky is reported to be as a result of Vandenburg Air Force Base launching [a] rocket to put satellite into space" in Lompoc, California.

The rocket took off just after 5:25 p.m. The satellites were deployed by 6:49 p.m.

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"We're 10-for-10", John Insprucker, a Falcon 9 lead engineer at SpaceX announced via Twitter. All 10 satellites successfully deployed, with the last one deploying about one hour and 12 minutes after liftoff. "Falcon 9 looked good all the way through that sequence". Witnesses posted their photos on social media, with many wondering if it was an unidentified flying object. The base said it was the "fourth Iridium mission consisting of 10 satellites on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket". SpaceX has made four launches and expects to make several more to complete the job by mid-2018. It carried the latest batch of satellites for Iridium Communications.

"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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