What to know about this weekend’s SpaceX rocket launch from the California coast – NBC Los Angeles

SpaceX is expected to launch a rocket just after sunrise Saturday from the California coast.

The Falcon 9 could be visible from Southern California after launching from Vandenberg Space Force Base northwest of Santa Barbara. Launch is scheduled for 6:27 a.m., just minutes after sunrise.

Click here to watch live coverage of the launch, which will carry a reconnaissance satellite into orbit. Depending on weather conditions and trajectory, the rockets can often be seen from Southern California after liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

The launch was previously scheduled for Friday morning, but was delayed to allow teams to complete pre-launch data checks and reviews, SpaceX said on Twitter.

This graphic shows the timeline of events during a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch. Credit: SpaceX

After launch, SpaceX will again attempt to recover the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket used in the mission by landing it at the Central Coast base. The rocket will be used in future missions.

This mission will mark the first time a previously used rocket booster will be used for a National Reconnaissance Bureau launch. The rocket was used in a reconnaissance satellite launch in February, also from Vandenberg.

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