SpaceX will launch an internet satellite from Vandenberg on Friday afternoon — we might be able to see it from SoCal

Hawthorne — Hawthorne-based SpaceX will attempt Friday to launch another batch of satellites into low orbit as part of its expanded Starlink broadband internet array, with the mission visible from parts of Southern California.

Falcon 9 rocket launch along the Central Coast from Vandenberg Space Force Base is scheduled for 3:07 p.m.

Some previous rocket launches from Vandenberg have created spectacular aerial light shows on the West Coast, although daytime launches tend to be less visible.

The rocket launching Friday will carry 53 more Starlink satellites, adding to an array that already includes thousands of satellites orbiting Earth in low orbit. Starlink is envisioned as a global satellite broadband service, providing internet links in areas that previously had connectivity issues.

Starlink service is available in 32 countries.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket used in Friday’s launch has flown four previous missions for SpaceX, according to Hawthorne Aerospace, which spearheaded efforts to recover the rocket for reuse, significantly reducing the The cost of future flights.

The company will try again on Friday to recover the rocket’s first stage, landing it on a peculiar barge called “Of course I still love you” floating in the Pacific Ocean.

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