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Falcon 9 SAOCOM 1A launch delayed

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SAOCOM 1A satellite from Space Launch Complex-4, is delayed to complete pre-flight vehicle checkouts; the rocket and payload are healthy. 

The launch is rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7, at 7:21 p.m. PDT. 

SpaceX is attempting the secondary mission of landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket at Landing Zone 4, which was previously called SLC-4W, at Vandenberg Air Force Base. This will be SpaceX's first land landing attempt at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The public can view this launch from the Hawk's Nest on Azalea Lane off of Hwy 1 just a half mile south of Vandenberg Air Force Base's main gate.

The Hawk's Nest gates will open on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. PDT and close at 7:10 p.m. PDT. As a reminder the public is asked not to bring or consume alcohol, smoke, nor have any open fires or barbeques. Do not bring any pets. RVs and campers are also prohibited. Weapons are not allowed, additionally, the use of small unmanned aerial systems within five miles of any active runway, such as Vandenberg's, is prohibited.

For more information regarding the launch or public viewing locations, go to our Facebook page at or contact 30th Space Wing Public Affairs at (805) 606-3595.