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Falcon 9 PAZ scheduled to launch


Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch the PAZ satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 here, Saturday, Feb. 17, at 6:17 a.m. PDT.


Col. Greg Wood, 30th Space Wing vice commander, is the space launch commander.


"The 30th Space Wing is ready to support the first West Coast SpaceX launch of 2018," said Wood. "Each launch marks the culmination of hard work and dedication of Team V. We are excited to support this mission as we continue to provide safe, secure access to polar orbit.


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the PAZ satellite for Hisdesat of Madrid, Spain. PAZ carries a radar imaging payload to collect views of Earth for government and commercial customers, along with ship tracking and weather sensors. Multiple smaller secondary payloads will also launch on the Falcon 9 rocket.