SpaceX rocket launch causes concern across Southern California

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The reused SpaceX rocket has carried 10 satellites into space from California, leaving behind it a trail of mystery and wonder.

The object is reported to be the Falcon 9 rocket, which launched out of Vandenberg Air Force Base.

A spectacular light in the sky over Ventura County set social media buzzing Friday evening, and it was apparently a SpaceX rocket that was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County.

Hundreds of people called authorities Friday night when Elon Musk's SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket.

Around 5:45 p.m., the engine was cutoff and the stage separation was confirmed and the second stage engine burn was underway.

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The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket as seen over Anza. "All 10 of Iridium NEXT satellites have deployed right on time in the desired orbit", John Insprucker, Falcon 9's principal integration engineer, said in a webcast. "Falcon 9 looked good all the way through that sequence".

The satellites will be part of a constellation operated by Iridium Communications. SpaceX has made four launches and expects to make several more to complete the job by mid-2018.

According to SpaceX, the satellite array will offer a "next-generation communications platform" known as Certus.

"In a historic first, upon completion this system will provide air traffic control organizations and aircraft operators that purchase the service with real-time, global visibility of ADS-B equipped aircraft".

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