The Falcon 9 rocket, built by SpaceX, departed from Space Launch Complex-4 on South Base at 12:29 p.m.
Tucked inside the rocket’s payload fairing were 48 Starlink satellites, which separated from the rocket nearly 19 minutes after liftoff.
A stubborn marine layer that left condensation on the camera lens impeded views of the rocket’s launch.
While Santa Maria had blue skies for spectators trying to get a glimpse of the flight, partly cloudy skies elsewhere hampered views for others.
Starlink is designed to deliver high-speed, low-latency internet services across the globe including in locations where access remains unavailable or unreliable.
SpaceX officials confirmed two hours after launch that the satellites had deployed.
After finishing its job, the rocket’s first-stage booster successfully touched down on a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean several hundred miles south of the launch site.
Recycling the Falcon rockets’ first stage boosters allows SpaceX to trim the costs of getting payloads into orbit and shaves off time between missions.
This was the 45th launch of 2023 including missions from Vandenberg and Florida, according to SpaceX.
Another Starlink mission will take place Sunday from Florida as the company continues to expand the constellation designed to have 30,000 spacecraft.