SpaceX launch set for Thursday morning from Vandenberg

Start the countdown — Hawthorne-based SpaceX will launch the Maxar 1 mission to orbit from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Thursday, May 2, with a 14-minute window for the launch opening at 11:36 a.m.

If needed, a backup opportunity for the launch will be available at the same time on Friday, May 3.

About eight minutes after lift-off, Falcon 9’s first stage will land on SpaceX’s Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg and there is the possibility that residents of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties may hear one of more sonic booms during the landing.

The noise will depend on weather and other conditions.

A live webcast begins approximately 15 minutes before Falcon 9’s liftoff — go to

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