VIDEO: Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base provides spectacular view

Falcon 9, a rocket carrying satellites, is seen streaking across the sky from south of Bakersfield, Calif. The rocket launched Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — SpaceX's Falcon 9 launched at 5:27 p.m. PST on Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, California.

The spectacular event could be witnessed by onlookers hundreds of miles from the launch site.

The Falcon 9 is now on its way to deliver 10 satellites to low Earth orbit for Iridium, a global satellite communications company. The Friday evening launch marked SpaceX's 18th successful mission, the most it has ever conducted in a single year.

The Friday launch also marks the fourth delivery SpaceX has made for Iridium's next-generation global satellite constellation, NEXT. When complete, the constellation will consist of 75 satellites providing full global communications coverage.

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