UPDATE: The Falcon 9 rocket has landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after a two-day flight from Cape Canaveral.
The launch was expected to take place at 5:00 p.m.
A few minutes before liftoff, SpaceX tweeted the rocket was successfully re-entering the atmosphere.
The company also said it has deployed a solar array and is making “significant progress” on its Falcon Heavy rocket.
Fox Sports: Falcon 9 to launch Florida satellite, georgia satellite, Georgia satellite article UPDATE The Falcon 9 rockets landed at the Vandenberg Space Center in California, the first Falcon 9 launch of 2017.
Falcon 9 launches at Vandenburg Air Force base, California, December 21, 2017.
The rocket was expected on Friday to lift off from Vandenburg, a U.S. Air Force installation in California’s Central Valley, to begin a three-day mission from Vandapack on December 22.
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rockets are capable of launching satellites into orbit.
The company said in a statement that it “will continue to refine and test its new launcher system as it continues to evaluate all aspects of the Falcon Heavy’s mission capability, including its payload capability, payload manifest, and the performance of the rocket itself.”
Falcom Falcon Heavy launch, Vandapacam, California December 21 2017.
The Falcon Heavy will be the company’s first reusable launch vehicle.
“The Falcon 10, the second of our two rockets, will begin a re-entry flight at the end of the year,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted, adding that the company would launch the first two Falcon Heavy missions in 2018 and 2019.
According to a NASA news release, the launch will be conducted in the same manner as its previous launch.
The agency said it was monitoring SpaceX’s progress.
An Air Force official told The Associated Press on Friday that the flight is an “official mission” for the Air Force.
Musk said the Falcon 9 will be capable of carrying two satellites into space.
A satellite will be launched on the Falcon rocket and then will be towed by the Falcon to a launch pad on land for processing.
Earlier this year, SpaceX announced that it had successfully completed a test flight of its Falcon 9 Heavy rocket with the booster at Vandapampack.
It was the first time that SpaceX had launched from Vandespacam.
During the test flight, the rocket successfully delivered its second satellite to orbit.
The booster landed safely at Vandespack and will be sent to the launch pad.
SpaceX’s latest mission is a test of a new launch pad at Vandepacam in the Mojave Desert, where it is expected to send its next Falcon Heavy mission.
After the first launch from Vandepack, SpaceX said it would return to launch at Vandafield at Vandapsic on January 4.