After multiple delays because of weather and other reasons, the Falcon 9 rocket and its 51 Starlink satellites will aim for liftoff Thursday morning at Vandenberg Space Force Base. 

Liftoff is planned for 7:43 a.m. from Space Launch Complex-4 on the South Base. The launch time is 20 minutes later than initially released.

If the mission slips for some reason, Space Exploration Technologies has said the backup opportunity will be available at 7:09 a.m. Friday.

“All systems are looking good and weather is 60% favorable for liftoff,” SpaceX said Wednesday night about Thursday’s countdown.

Sonic booms won’t accompany this mission since the used first-stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean several hundred miles south of the Central Coast. 

Starlink is the SpaceX firm involving thousands of satellites to provide Internet access anywhere on the planet especially in remote areas. 

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